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Family mourns Bristow Crash Captain Jay Wyatt | Survived by Wife & 3 Young Daughters



Jay Wyatt and Family
The tragic Bristow Helicopter crash is still fresh in the minds of many. A lot has been said about young and vibrant co-pilot Peter Bello, now we are learning more about the captain of the helicopter Joseph “Jay” Wyatt.

While we are awaiting the official report on the crash, eye-witness reports have credited Jay and Peter with averting disaster by manoeuvring the in-distress helicopter away from the densely populated Oworonshoki area.

Jay was an experienced helicopter pilot who had previously worked as a pilot as well as a flight instructor in the USA, in recent years, he reportedly worked as a pilot in various African countries. He was a proud husband and father to 3 young daughters (pictured above) based in his home country, the United States of America.

His family is raising funds to assist his wife and children in this very difficult time.

May Captain Wyatt and all the deceased rest in peace.


  1. lamz

    August 20, 2015 at 10:26 pm


  2. zeezee

    August 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I pray foe fortitude for his family.

  3. hamed

    August 20, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    May there soul rest in peace

  4. justpassing

    August 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    i am still wondering what must have gone wrong

  5. PurpleiciousBabe

    August 21, 2015 at 1:06 am

    But what could have possible gone wrong??
    Nigeria, we have too many unnecessary blood shed over planes etc.
    Not once have I heard helicopter breaking down since my stay here not once.(over 14yrs).
    Planes nko. None. Nather. Nothing.
    I thank God for continuous mercy but cant help but think our aviation system is truly poor and useless.
    We have to fast/pray to enter plane cos our system is useless not that I am saying that fasting is wrong but do you get my logic?

    My heart and prayers are with the family,

    Keep flying guys become the Guardian angles against plane crashes. We are all proud of you.
    Well done!!

  6. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    August 21, 2015 at 1:54 am

    No more husband, father, or friend.
    All that is left is a picture in a frame. And memories.
    Be comforted.

  7. Lilo

    August 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Eh yah. What money is she raising though? Aren’t expats well compensated with life insurance et?

    • DD

      August 21, 2015 at 4:41 am

      Unfair and inappropriate comment. You don’t know them personally, I presume, you don’t know their financial status or needs so it’s unfair and unnecessary to generalize or assume. Families need support when they lose a breadwinner, and no one is forcing anyone to give to the fund. May his soul rest in peace and his family and friends find comfort at this trying time.

    • God's own

      August 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Epic fail! A stay at home mother with 2 kids with special needs including 1 with Down syndrome!! She still needs to pay and provide for them. You are obviously ignorant but in Yankee ppl have bills and loads of them! She prob has a mortgage and heavy medical expenses. She will now not have insurance because they were prob on his plans, credit card bills and who knows student loans and more! Get educated Abeg and stop living in your bubble on bn. You can obviously afford to be on the net, so go learn!

      Bristow is a U.S. Company, he worked for 6 wks at a time. Someone above asked why work in Nigeria? Can’t speak for him but obviously great money doing what he loves. Pls applaud him for being open minded and for caring so much that he made a last min effort to avoid the buildings and nose dive into the lagoon!
      My heart hurts for his wife as a mother and a wife. May God continue to strengthen them daily and provide comfort that no man can.

    • Matt

      August 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      I know the Pilot Jay Wyatt and he has three small girls that will never know there father, never feel the caress and warmth from someone that was serving every one of their needs and providing for them in a dangerous field that paid him well.

      If you care to know, and really care to know…really; his family will receive $500 thousand dollars from insurance. He was the sole provider and had a modest home in the US that will be paid for in full with the money and then have nothing left to support the family. NOTHING. He was sole provider to his family and his beautiful, and incredibly intelligent wife will have to use the grace of God given to her by our Creator to get through the emotion pain and hardships she faces with her little girls, and the financial strain of not having any income to pay for their needs. She has raised enough money to pay for the medical bills for her disabled daughter who requires $50 thousand dollars a year to care for her. Please donate to the gofund me page if you care at all for these children orphaned by a tragic incident where their father saves tens, maybe hundreds of lives through his courage and commitment to his crew and the Nigerian people. Pray for them at the very least.

      God bless you Lilo.

  8. Gràciás

    August 21, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Thank you bella. Its obvious ypu take time tp read our suggestions. All lives matter. #RIP Joe

  9. Busarni

    August 21, 2015 at 8:36 am


  10. Bennie

    August 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

    May his soul rest in perfect peace and may God comfort his family,amen

  11. frying pan to fire

    August 21, 2015 at 9:31 am


    on another note, why leave USA for Nigeria?
    No matter the amount of money offered me by Nigerian Aviation sector, i would never yield.

    The planes/helicopters are never serviced
    if they are serviced, they do them shabbily
    the planes/helicopters are so old

    How can you have carriers of 10, 15, 20, 25 years old?
    Imagine if you use a car for 5years or 10years, wont the car start crying for change?
    You now buy planes/helicopters that are already written off in other countries for use here

    Go figure out 95% of our carriers, be it Arik, Dana, Aero and what have you.
    Those carriers are older than many BNers
    I hate local flight with passion. If i don’t travel out, i sit in my location
    The roads too are bad, not encouraging for any travelling

    God help Nigeria and us all

    • ITK is back!

      August 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      STOP talking rubbish……Bristow helicopters has the best safety record in Nigeria/ Africa. not one air mishap in the last 50yrs abi however long. just hush there!!!!

      They fly well maintained aircrafts (helicopters & airplanes), with regularly scheduled maintenance. Bristow is an American company so be rest assured that they have to Answer to the American Aviation authorities as well, not just Naija. They don’t fly old aircrafts, stop the lies, they purchase brand new aircrafts.

      why would he leave USA for Nigeria, you asked. well, its called a job opportunity and they come with risks for those that want to advance. Nigerians move to Asia for school, work, etc….but Nigerians are barely ever welcome in those countries. So should they stay back in Nigeria just because of what others think about them???? its called taking a risk & leap of faith.

  12. ChiChiChilolo

    August 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

    What of the the others that lost their lives.

    • Grace

      August 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      He was the pilot… apparently he diverted the plane from causing more damage than what occurred.

  13. jasmine

    August 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

    A fine man!!! Gone like that??? What’s life? RIP wyatt

  14. Tosin

    August 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

    the thing dey pain sha, see fine pilot. Rest in peace, bro.

    • ChiChiChilolo

      August 21, 2015 at 10:32 am

      It’s really not about how beautiful or not beautiful one is, this earth is a market place. Someday we must return home. Let’s live right. May his soul R.I.P.

    • who??

      August 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Which home, you people should stop all this misleading!

  15. shannaro

    August 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Cute family smh rest in perfect peace Joseph Wyatt and thank you and your FO Peter Bello for remaining pilots and honouring your highest duty until the very end.

    (Isn’t there a list of all the deceased’s names?)

  16. isaid!!

    August 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

    R.I.P. Jay, may the lord give comfort and succor to the family he left behind.

  17. Jhennique

    August 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Oh! So someone just wakes up somewhere and does not have husband again. And his daughters….so young! RIP Wyatt and love to your bereaved

  18. Lou

    August 21, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Bellanaija thanks for sharing the donation campaign and enabling us to be a part of it.

  19. Brenda

    August 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Rest in peace jay. My heart goes to your family at this time. Be consoled..

  20. ITK is back!

    August 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    hmmmm……I am not one to start wahala, but sorry I wanna question why/ how the pilot’s family is raising funds this quick….peep game please. for being an employee of Bristow, they prob will be managing cost/ care for the family members of the deceased. Employee relief/ crisis assistance programs exist at US companies.

    he worked for Bristow (American based aviation company that’s been in naija over 50yrs), so they obviously had an insurance taken out for him, cos of Naija being high risk work location.
    He prob had his own personal Life insurance too…..hmmm, I mourn with them but with one eye raised biko…..

    The late pilot’s family will get settlement from 3 different avenues, as he was an employee not just a passenger – accident insurance payout, personal life insurance payout and the family is entitled to his pension/401k/ paycheques.

    I wanna hear/ read about the passengers. more than likely their families will have to drag Bristow to court like other crashes in naija. We need to hear their story but ofcources, BellaNaija shouldn’t pimp them out like Peter Bello’s funeral story.

    • Anon

      August 22, 2015 at 4:29 am

      How do you know he had life insurance, and how do you know he didn’t already cash out his 401k to take care of medical bills or any other emergency expenses? Do you know how much the emergency payouts are, do you know if they cover the expenses for medical insurance for his wife and children, mortgage, and car payments?

      Do you know how expensive it must have been for him to maintain two households in different countries? @itk, they may have been rich…. but what if they weren’t?

  21. True talk

    August 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you who??? Which home? Due to someone’s carelessness lives just wasted like that. May God comfort all their families and friends.

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