UPDATED: Access Bank CEO, Herbert Wigwe, feared dead in helicopter crash

The Group Chief Executive Officer, Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, is feared dead.

Wigwe was reported to have died following a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border, United States of America, The Will reports.

There are also reports that his wife and son were also onboard the ill-fated helicopter.

New York Times reports that no survivors have been located as of Saturday morning, the authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed at around 10 p.m. local time near Nipton, Calif, an unincorporated community about 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.

It was unclear on Saturday morning where the helicopter departed from and where it was headed.

Efforts to get comments on the development from Access Holdings proved abortive as of the time of filing this report

The Head of Media Relations at Access Holdings, Kunle Aderinokun, and some members of the media team did not take their calls or respond to messages.

However, Rivers State Government has confirmed the development.

Wigwe hailed from Rivers State.

When contacted by one of our correspondent, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, confirmed the incident,  describing it as shocking.

Johnson, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday night, described the development as a big loss.

“His (Wigwe’s)  death is confirmed. It is a big loss to everry sector.  And not just himself, with his wife and son. It is very painful, ” the commissioner said.

Johnson said the state government would issue an official statement later.

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