Victims of chopper crash identified

Three persons who died in last Thursday’s helicopter crash at the Cape Three Points have been identified.

They are the pilot, identified only as Omesil; the Solids Control Officer of MI Swaco Solids Company, Samuel Sambo; and a third person identified only as Jagut.

The Western Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Alex Isaac Quainoo, who made this known to the Daily Graphic, mentioned Mr Walter Agorti-Mevor, a Ghanaian Mud Engineer with MI Swaco; as the missing passenger.

Four others who survived the crash have been identified as Mr Michael Ametepee, a Ghanaian working with the Geoservices Company as Field Specialist; Mr Alister Macdonald, a British Oceaneering Rov Supervisor; Mr Godfred Amankwa and Mr Ebenezer Ampofo, both with MI Swaco as Solids Control officers.

 The disaster occurred 20 nautical miles south of Takoradi on Thursday.

The helicopter, with the call sign TU-HAA, was said to have left the Takoradi Air Force base with the eight passengers on board enroute to an oil rig at the Cape Three Points but crashed on the high seas.

The survivors are receiving treatment at the ISOS Hospital in Takoradi, while the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue of the Jemimah Hospital for autopsy.

Efforts are still underway to trace the missing person, together with the debris of the aircraft.

According to Mr Quainoo, the police investigative team is expected to collaborate with other security agencies, namely, the Marine Police, the Ghana Navy, the Ghana Air Force, and other stakeholders to establish the true state of affairs and finally make recommendations that would prevent a recurrence in the future.

Meanwhile, Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu reports that the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched full-scale investigations into the circumstances that led to the crash.

The Director General of the GCAA, Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, said the authority would not speculate on the cause of the accident.

 “It is only when investigations are carried out and concluded that we may have a clue as to what exactly happened during the journey to the rig,” he said.

The Public Relations Manager of Lukoil, Ms Rose Maltby, said the company had suspended all operations and flights to and from the rig had been cancelled.

She said what was important to Lukoil, as a company, was the recovery of the missing person and the health of the people who survived.

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