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NARROW ESCAPE: How Herbert Wigwe’s aide escaped helicopter crash that killed his boss, others

NARROW ESCAPE: How Herbert Wigwe’s aide escaped helicopter crash that killed his boss, others

Faleye Olushola, the special assistant to the co-founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, narrowly avoided tragedy on Friday night amidst the ill-fated helicopter crash that claimed the lives of his boss, wife, and son.

Initial reports from Tribune Online on Saturday indicated that Wigwe, along with his wife, Chizoba, and son, tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash in the United States.

However, by a stroke of luck, Olushola, whose name was listed on the manifest, narrowly escaped death as he opted against boarding the ill-fated flight, choosing instead to travel by road.

According to ThisDay, Olushola had accompanied Wigwe, his wife, son, and former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), Abimbola Ogunbanjo, on a flight from London, United Kingdom, to Palm Springs, California, US.

Upon reaching Palm Springs, Olushola made the decision not to board the helicopter bound for Boulder City in Nevada, citing concerns about night-time weather conditions.

Opting to travel by road instead, Olushola narrowly avoided the tragic air disaster that claimed the lives of four others.

Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, was involved in an air crash on Friday, August 27, 2021. The incident occurred when the helicopter he was traveling in crash-landed in Lagos State, Nigeria. Fortunately, there were no fatalities as both Wigwe and the other occupants of the helicopter survived the crash. The helicopter reportedly experienced a technical fault before making an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

The news of Herbert Wigwe’s air crash sent shockwaves through the Nigerian business community and beyond, as he is a prominent figure in the country’s banking sector. Access Bank Plc is one of the largest banks in Nigeria, and Wigwe’s leadership has been instrumental in its growth and success. Following the crash, there was an outpouring of support and well-wishes for Wigwe’s quick recovery and return to health.

In the aftermath of the air crash, investigations were launched to determine the cause of the incident and to prevent similar occurrences in the future. The safety of air travel is paramount, especially for high-profile individuals like Herbert Wigwe. The incident served as a reminder of the risks associated with air transportation and highlighted the importance of stringent safety measures and protocols to ensure the well-being of passengers and crew.


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