Helicopter crash in Nigeria kills three

The chopper, travelling from Lagos to Ilorin, crashed on a hilltop over 1,000 feet above sea level.

Lagos: A helicopter crash in southwestern Nigeria has left three people, including the pilot, dead, an emergency official said on Saturday after a six-hour search in a wooded area to locate the wreckage.

The private helicopter crashed on Friday outside Ife-Odan in Osun state in a mountainous area, said Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the national emergency management agency (NEMA).

He said that three people aboard the OAS helicopter -- the pilot and two women -- died.

Full details of the crash remained unclear, including the cause, he said.

"The crash happened in an extremely difficult mountainous area, difficult to access. No vehicle or motorcycle can access the area. It is just now that our officers are bringing down the three corpses," he said.

The helicopter, travelling from Lagos to the north-central city of Ilorin, crashed on a hilltop more than 1,000 feet above sea level, he said.

He said that NEMA suspects poor visibility as the cause of the accident.

"NEMA director general (Mohammed) Sani-Sidi said they would work with other agencies to determine what happened to the emergency locator beacon which could have sent a distress signal to NEMA MCC (Mission Control Centre)," Shuaib added.

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