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Helicopter with 6 people onboard crashes in remote area of San Bernardino County, no survivors found

BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) — On Friday night, a helicopter carrying six individuals crashed near the California/Nevada border in eastern San Bernardino County and authorities reported that no survivors were found.

The ill-fated Eurocopter EC 130 went down near Nipton, situated on the edge of the Mojave Desert Preserve, around 10 p.m., on February 9, 2024, according to information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The crash site was located east of the 15 Freeway, near Halloran Springs Road.

(Eurocopter EC 130 – model photograph)

The helicopter involved in the incident is registered to Orbic Air, a tour company based in Burbank. The aircraft departed from Palm Springs Airport around 8:45 pm with a destination of Boulder City, Nevada.

The victims’ identities and additional details about the cause of the crash were not immediately available.

Hundreds of private jets are expected to travel into Las Vegas for the Super Bowl game taking place on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium.

According to a recent CNN Business article, Clark County expects more than 1,000 private jets to fly into one of its airports in or near Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, likely setting a record for that form of transportation. Last year, a total of 920 planes flew to and from the big game held in Phoenix.

This is the second deadly helicopter crash to occur in the state of California within a week.

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Five US Marines were killed after their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in a remote area outside of San Diego while on a training flight during a fierce winter storm.

The helicopter departed from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada about 40 miles (60 km) northwest of Las Vegas, and flew into rainy and snowy weather as it headed west to the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar.

(The Marines are Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, a crew chief from Olathe, Kansas; Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, a crew chief from Chandler, Arizona; Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, a pilot from Emmett, Idaho; Capt. Jack Casey, 26, a pilot from Dover, New Hampshire; and Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, a pilot from Traverse City, Michigan, according to a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing news release Friday.)

UPDATE – One of the six people killed in the helicopter crash has been identified as, Access Holdings CEO, Herbert Wigwe. He was 57-years-old and described as a pillar in Nigeria’s financial sector. The five others have not been identified. Preliminary unconfirmed reports indicate that Mr. Wigwe was accompanied by his wife, son, and three others.

Another of the deceased was identified as, Abimbola Ogunbajo, Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group.

Access Holdings CEO, Herbert Wigwe, Five Others Die In Helicopter Crash In California
(Access Holdings CEO, Herbert Wigwe, Five Others Die In Helicopter Crash In California)
Abimbola Ogunbajo
(Abimbola Ogunbajo)

This is a developing story and information will be updated as it becomes available.


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