Reports have emerged indicating that Herbert Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, is feared dead following a helicopter crash near the Nevada border in California, United States. According to The Will, there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that Wigwe’s wife and son were also onboard the ill-fated helicopter.
The New York Times has reported that as of Saturday morning, no survivors have been located, as authorities continue their search efforts near Nipton, Calif., an unincorporated community approximately 60 miles south of Las Vegas.
The Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. local time, but details regarding its departure point and destination remain unclear.
Efforts to obtain comments from Access Holdings regarding the incident have been unsuccessful, with the Head of Media Relations, Kunle Aderinokun, and other members of the media team reportedly unreachable.
However, the Rivers State Government has confirmed the tragic development, as Herbert Wigwe hailed from Rivers State. Speaking to a correspondent, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, expressed shock and described the incident as a significant loss. He confirmed the deaths of Wigwe, his wife, and son, emphasizing the profound impact of their loss across various sectors.
The state government is expected to issue an official statement regarding the tragic incident later.