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Access Bank founder Herbert Wigwe dies in chopper crash in California

Herbert Wigwe, the co-founder of Access Bank and the founder of Wigwe University has reportedly died in a helicopter crash in California in the United States.

Wigwe was also the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Access Holdings, the parent company of Access Bank.

The Daily Post in Nigeria reports that the Access Bank founder Herbert Wigwe was reportedly on board the chopper with his wife, son and three other passengers.

The chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night [Feb 9].

The US government confirmed all on board dead as no survivors have been located as of Saturday morning.

The helicopter was carrying six people when it crashed on Friday night near the California-Nevada border.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration said that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed around 10:00 pm local time, near Nipton, California, an unincorporated community about 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.

According to Mara Rodriguez, a public information officer with the department, officials at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were made aware of the downed aircraft at 10:12 pm, local time.

She added that the scene of the crash was determined to be east of Interstate 15, near Halloran Springs Road.

The New York Times has confirmed the incident but did not name the passengers.

No official statement has been issued on the incident.

Helicopter carrying 6 people crashes in California desert near Las Vegas

In a separate development, the USA today reports that a helicopter carrying six people crashed in a Southern California desert late Friday, the latest in a number of high-profile aviation disasters in the U.S.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Saturday that together with the National Transportation Safety Board, they were investigating a Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter that crashed around 10 p.m. Friday near Nipton, California.

The crash follows two deadly aviation disasters in recent days.

At least two people were killed Friday afternoon when a small plane that had lost both its engines crashed into a vehicle on a Florida interstate as the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing, authorities said.

And earlier this week, five U.S. Marines died after a military helicopter went down in the mountains near San Diego.

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