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REVEALED: American aviation experts give reasons why WIGWE chopper crashed!

Dark skies, bad weather could have led to fatal California helicopter crash that killed 6

The mangled wreckage of the helicopter

Two aviation experts who reviewed newly released photos and video of Friday’s helicopter crash that killed a prominent Nigerian banker and five others said the flight likely should have been canceled because of poor nighttime weather conditions in Southern California’s Mojave Desert.

The National Transportation Safety Board released photos and video of the mangled wreckage this week as its investigators continue to look into what caused the crash. The agency’s preliminary investigation report will be released in the coming weeks.

Weather reports from the time show a mix of rain and snow, and the aircraft flew over a remote area of the desert that likely would have had few lights for the pilot to navigate by, other than cars’ headlights and taillights along the interstate.

“If I were in charge, I certainly would have said `No, thank you,’ ” aviation safety consultant and retired Marine Corps Col. Pete Field told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Herbert Wigwe, chief executive of Access Bank, and his wife and 29-year-old son were among those aboard the helicopter when it crashed shortly after 10 p.m. near Interstate 15. Bamofin Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former chair of the Nigerian stock exchange, was also killed. Their deaths shocked many in Nigeria and in the banking sector.

Herbert Wigwe (above) died alongside his wife, son and three others in the crash 

Officials said the pilots – Benjamin Pettingill, 25, and Blake Hansen, 22 – also died in the crash. A member of Hansen’s family said they were grieving Wednesday and declined to comment.

 

Report courtesy: Associated Press

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