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In a devastating incident near the California-Nevada border, Access Holdings CEO, Herbert Wigwe, his wife, and son are presumed to be among six individuals aboard a Eurocopter EC130 helicopter that crashed early Saturday Nigerian time. The crash site, close to Nipton, Calif, was discovered by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at 10:12 p.m. local time, with no survivors found.
Access Holdings, the parent company of Access Bank, has not officially confirmed Mr. Wigwe’s death at the time of this report, but The New York Times and Premium Times in Nigeria have shared unconfirmed details about the tragic event.
The ill-fated Flight N130CZ, operated by Orbic Air LLC, departed from Palm Springs, California, at 8:45 pm and was last observed near Fort Irwin/Barstow, California, at 21:49 pm, Friday [US time]. The cause of the crash involving the Airbus Helicopter EC-130 remains unknown.
The National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) and the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) are actively conducting an investigation, with N.T.S.B. representatives set to arrive at the crash site on Saturday.
Our thoughts are with the Wigwe family and all those affected by this tragic incident.