Nigeria Presidency has ordered an immediate probe into the incident, involving the helicopter carrying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
A statement by the presidency on the probe, issued on Saturday night, read: “As is procedural, a full investigation into the causes of the incident would be conducted by aviation authorities.”
Osinbajo was on the campaign trail for his All Progressives Congress (APC) party ahead of this month’s general elections, and delivered a speech as planned shortly after the crash.
While landing at the Kabba Stadium, the helicopter is said to have “suddenly skidded sideways, until it halted on its side few metres away from the intended resting spot”.
According to eyewitness accounts, the vice president’s helicopter had managed to land about 2pm at the stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off and was flying in the air to the shock of party faithful who had gathered to welcome him.
Pictures from the scene showed the helicopter on its side after the incident in Kabba, a town in Kogi State in the central region of Nigeria.
Although, the cause of the accident was not known, it was gathered that the pilot might have found it difficult to land due to the dusty nature of the stadium.
The crash drew instant reactions from Nigerians, who were generally thankful to God that the vice president and the others aboard the helicopter came out unharmed.
Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar congratulated Vice President Osinbajo for surviving the mishap yesterday. In a short remark Atiku stated: “I just received news of the crash of your helicopter in Kabba, Kogi State. I am happy to note however that all is well with you and your delegation”.