Tragedy occurred Friday night when a helicopter en route to the Super Bowl crashed near Baker in San Bernardino County.
The accident claimed the lives of all six people on board, including Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe. Wigwe’s wife, son and three others also died in the accident.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director general of the World Trade Organization, confirmed the death of Herbert Wigwe in a social media post.
Terribly saddened by the news of the terrible loss of Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO of Access Bank @HerbertOWigwe , his wife, his son and Bimbo Ogunbanjo in a helicopter accident. My deepest condolences and condolences to the Wigwe family, Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Group…
– Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) February 10, 2024
California helicopter crash kills 6 people
During a press conference Saturday night, Michael Graham of the National Transportation Safety Board officially confirmed the tragic incident.
He said the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC 130, crashed east of Highway 15 near Halloran Springs Road. The crash site is approximately 80 miles from Las Vegas. It is near the border between California and Nevada.
Graham revealed that six people, including a pilot and a security pilot, were aboard the helicopter. The aircraft did not have a cockpit voice recorder or flight data. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the crash.
Wigwe dies in accident
Herbert Wigwe, 57, was a highly respected figure in Nigeria’s banking sector. The news of his death has shocked the entire country.
The helicopter took off from the Palm Springs airport and was headed to Boulder City, Nevada. Witnesses on Highway 15 reported the crash, with some noting rain and a “wintry mix” at the time. Reports also mentioned a fire on the helicopter and downed power lines.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Saturday to begin the data collection process. Graham urged witnesses to provide additional details to assist the investigation. This includes photos and videos.