Aviation accidents are not limited to airplanes only but to any flying man-made machines like helicopters and spacecraft. On the 28th of August, about 12. 17pm, a Bell 206 helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation with registration number 5N-BQW crashed into a building located at Salvation Road, Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos. The crash claimed the lives of the three crew members.
The cause of the crash still unknown while aviation authorities are investigating to find the possible causes.
About Quorum Aviation
Based on the information available on the company’s website, “Quorum Aviation Limited (QAL) is an Aviation and Logistics air transportation company. The company operates both Rotary (Helicopters) and Fixed Wing aircraft. Quorum is expanding its fixed-wing service by introducing much needed affordable, reliable, safe, and time dependable air shuttle transportation service in Nigeria.
The company also said it has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Kaduna State Government for QAL to introduce the much-needed aircraft service between Abuja and Kaduna.
The company also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with 328 Dorner, a German aircraft manufacturer to provides strategic partnership for a successful launch and technical support for their air shuttle project.
A Bell 206 Helicopter
Technical Facts About Bell 206
Bell 206 helicopter
The Bell 206 Helicopter, also called Bell 206 JetRanger/LongRanger is a family of two-bladed, single- and twin-engine helicopters, manufactured by Bell Helicopter for commercial and private purposes.
It was preceded by Bell YOH-4 and succeeded by Bell 407
A single Bell 206 Helicopter can carry 1 crew member and 4 passengers. It has an empty weight of 1057 kg and a maximum takeoff weight of 1520 kg. Other features are displayed below:
Past Accidents and Incidents
The first Bell 206 helicopter crash occurred On August 1, 1977, when Francis Gary Powers, a famous U-2 spy plane pilot was piloting a helicopter for KNBC Channel 4 over West Los Angeles. He was killed in the crash alongside a cameraman George Spears
The second Bell 206 Helicopter crash occurred on August 27, 1990, involving Musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pilot Jeff Brown, and three members of Eric Clapton’s crew, Bobby Brooks, Nigel Browne, and Colin Smythe. All crew on board lost their lives.
The Third Accident was On August 20, 2014, Guatemala’s Army Chief of Staff was killed when his Bell 206 crashed
The fourth accident occurred on February 11, 2019, when a Brazilian journalist Ricardo Boechat and the pilot of a Bell 206B, PT-HPG, made an emergency landing on a highway and was hit by a truck. Both crew members lost their lives.
Source:Wikipedia, Quorum Aviation and Channels TV