Corporate Nigeria was thrown into mourning, yesterday, by the death of one of the nation’s leading bankers and Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Herbert Wigwe, his wife, son and former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, in a plane crash in the United States of America.
Corporate chiefs and investors who declined to be quoted because the immediate constituents of the individuals involved in the crash had not made any statement, said it was a sad weekend.
According to them, Wigwe and Ogunbanjo represented the heartbeat of the investor community, especially in the financial sector, as the institutions they represented contributed much to enriching the investors.
According to reports, the aircraft carrying them was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night.
United States’ Daily Mail also reported that the helicopter crashed near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert at about 10 pm Friday American time, and 6 am Nigerian time Saturday, just at the onset of the 2024 Access Bank Marathon race in Lagos.
The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC 130, had been carrying six people onboard at the time of the incident.
It came just days after a Navy chopper carrying five troops crashed during a routine training flight in Pine Valley, California.
The helicopter carrying six people crashed in San Bernardino County overnight, with authorities saying they have been unable to locate any survivors.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said they had been made aware of the downed aircraft near Baker shortly after 10 pm on Friday.
In a statement, they said, “We are not able to confirm how many people were on board or their names. No survivors have been located.”
The FAA confirmed that the Eurocopter EC 130 crashed near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert Preserve, and is east of the 15 Freeway near Halloran Springs.
According to NBC, the helicopter is registered to a Burbank-based tour company called Orbic Air.