Helicopter crash in California kills six, including Nigerian bank CEO

The cause of the crash is not known and is being investigated.

Published: February 10, 2024 6:03pm

Updated: February 11, 2024 11:32am

Six people, including a Nigerian bank CEO, were killed when a helicopter crashed close to Nipton, Calif., near the Nevada border, according to reports. 

The helicopter has been identified as the Airbus Helicopter EC-130, by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), according to The Hill. 

Herbert Wigwe, CEO  of Access Bank Group, died in the crash. His death was confirmed by Nigerian officials on social media, including World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department described the crash scene. 

“The scene of the crash was determined to be east of the 15-Freeway, near Halloran Springs Road,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The cause of the crash is not known and is being investigated.

Media reports say the aircraft was headed to Boulder City, Nevada. 

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