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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BREAKING: Helicopter Crashes Into Lagos Lagoon

An unidentified helicopter has reportedly crashed into the Lagoon behind Third Mainland Bridge Wednesday afternoon.
According to eyewitness Adaora Moka: "I just saw a helicopter crash into the lagoon from 3rd Mainland Bridge. I hope the people survive"
"This thing is so devastating. The helicopter burst into flames when it crashed into the water. I don't know if people will survive."
 Air-Force-Mi-35-Helicopter crash
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also reported that an helicopter has crashed into the Lagoon at the Oworonshoki area of Lagos.
 NEMA spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, in an SMS said no distress call was sent to NEMA alert system from the chopper, but rescue agencies are on their way to the scene of the incident. 
 Three dead bodies have as at now been recovered from the carcass of the helicopter that crashed minutes ago a lagoon at the Oworosoki area of Lagos.

THISDAY gathered that three persons who sustained varying degrees of injuries were also rescued and rushed to different hospitals for immediate treatment.

However it's yet unclear if the deceased and injured persons were onboard on the helicopter or pedestrians on ground.

The helicopter which crashed behind the King's palace was said to have caused pandemonium as the residents scampered to safety.

Although its still not clear if its a military, commercial or private helicopter that crashed, the South-west Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the casualty rate.
He said even as some of the primary and secondary responders responders are moving, three corpses have been recovered.

He also said two injured persons have been taken to Afolabi Hospital in the area while another injured person was taken to the general hospital.

Speaking to THISDAY he said, "As at now, we don't know the identity of the chopper yet. Search and rescue operations continues."

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