A presidential chopper conveying Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, crash-landed in Kogi State over the weekend but sources said the occupants escaped death.
The chopper which conveyed Mr. Osinbajo to an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally is said to have come down in Kabba.
Spokesperson to the VP, Laolu Akande, in a tweet, indicated that his principal and other occupants of the chopper escaped alive.
Mr. Olaolu said the vice president has, however, continued on his campaign trip after the incident.
He tweeted, “VP Osinbajo’s chopper crash lands in Kabba. But the entire crew are safe. He is continuing with his engagements and plans for the day in Kogi State.”
Meanwhile, Caverton Helicopter, owners of the crashed helicopter said the incident was caused by hazy weather conditions.
The Lagos-based Air Charter firm said the incident occurred at about 3:00 p.m. in Kabba, Kogi State, confirming earlier account of Mr Osinbajo’s office.
Josiah Choms, an executive at Caverton, in a statement said Mr Osinbajo was being conveyed in an Augusta AW139 chopper when it lost control as it was about to touch down.
Mr Osinbajo was on a campaign mission ahead of the February 16, presidential elections.
The accident was due to “unusual weather conditions,” Mr Choms said, adding that there were no injuries to the passengers or crew members as they were all quickly and safely evacuated.
“The relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced. We will, of course, support the authorities as required,” the statement added.