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“A Selfless Hero“ — Tributes Pour In for Captain Chike Ernest, Pilot of the Helicopter that Crashed in Opebi



A Bell 206-3 helicopter with registration number 5N-BQW belonging to Quorum Aviation crashed into a wall between two buildings at 16 A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Witnesses said the aircraft first hovered around the area and suddenly began to shake as it nosedived with a heavy noise. It fell in between two compounds; the cockpit on one side and the tail on the other. The walls of the compounds were damaged as were some cars parked therein.

According to the statement issued by Quorum Aviation, the three occupants were crew members who flew in from Port Harcourt.

Two of the crew members died at the scene of the incident while the third person survived and was rushed to the ICU in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH.

Sadly, he later lost his life.

Nigerians are paying tributes to the pilot identified as Captain Chike Ernest for avoiding maximum casualties.

According to human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, Captain Chike Ernest, manoeuvred the ailing chopper to avoid maximum casualties on the ground. He dumped fuel to avoid explosion on impact.

Paying tribute to the selfless hero, he wrote:

Chike Ernest is not the one trending in Nigeria today on twitter, at least no on my end, however he deserves to be honoured as a selfless hero he is.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, released statements expressing their sadness over this sad news via their respective Twitter account.



See some tributes below:

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Keep flying Chika ❤️🙏🏾

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    August 30, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Rest in peace hero,u will forever be remembered sir.u tried ur best to safe lives,but God knows d best

    • Sunny

      August 31, 2020 at 9:06 am

      May your gentle soul rest in peace

  2. John Darm

    August 31, 2020 at 3:25 am

    What a complete crock! He ran out of fuel and botched the simple maneuver of autorotation!!! There was no rotor RPM at impact. Speak the truth rather than glorifying a haplessly incompetent pilot!

    • Smh

      August 31, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Oh please, shut it! And have some respect for the dead.

  3. DroidMaster

    August 31, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I heard the Helicopter lacks brainbox or what is it called sef. In fact, news has it that it has been declared unfit for flying years ago. Anyway, R.I.P to the dead

  4. Gloria

    August 31, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Rest in peace captain, you were brave, wise and caring even unto death. May the Almighty God accept your soul and grant your dearest loved ones the fortitude to bear this loss. Amen

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