Late Capt Ernest Chika: Hero Of Opebi’s Helicopter Crash

Yesterday, a Bell 206 helicopter carrying 3 people onboard crashed at Opebi, Ikeja Lagos killing 2 of the occupants. The third passenger is in a critical condition in hospital. It was an act of God that more people were not killed.

But according to new report, it was the heroic and skilful actions of the helicopter’s pilot that prevented what could have turned out to be a major incident.

The craft had been travelling from Port Harcourt to Lagos before it crashed into a house’s wall on Salvation Road.

Captain Ernest Chika, emptied the fuel tank before the crash to ensure there was no explosion which could have killed so many people and destroyed several homes.

He manoeuvred the aircraft in such a way that he avoided buildings and managed to crash onto a fence. Captain Chika suffered serious injuries in the crash and was rushed to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital but he died soon after.

Quorum Aviation Limited, the owners of the chopper are yet to release any statement on the incident.

Captain Chika is a young father of a new baby who was dedicated just last week.

Nigeria has heros. Rest in peace Captain Chika.