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A helicopter with three persons aboard belonging to Quarium Avaition crash landed at 16 Salvation Road, Opebi around 12:20pm, killing two of the occupants on the spot.

Emergency workers confirmed two persons, including the pilot, dead in the crash.

It was gathered the third person, found unconscious, was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for urgent attention.

Eyewitnesses said the crash occurred in a flash and destroyed the roof of the affected building.

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Confirming the casualty figure, the Director General (DG) LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu and the Southwest Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the bodies have been deposited in the mortuary and the injured evacuated to the hospital.

They said the cause of the crash was yet unknown, adding that the victims were yet to be identified.

Oke-Osanyintolu said rescuers battled crowd control challenges, which was contained when the Police Commissioner (CP) Hakeem Odumosu led his men to the scene.

He said: “The agency received distress calls concerning a privately operated helicopter that crashed into 16A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja and immediately activated the emergency response plan.

“The helicopter was carrying three people, one is in the intensive care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital while the other two were killed on impact and their bodies have been deposited in mortuary. We are on top of challenges especially crowd control. Operation is ongoing and updates will follow.”

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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