Helicopter Crashes Near Oil Town in Southern Nigeria

WARRI, Nov 10, 2006 (AP)

A helicopter carrying four people crashed Friday on the outskirts of the oil-producing hub of Warri in southern Nigeria, killing one person, authorities said.

Sam Adurogboye, a spokesman for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, said one person died and the rest aboard were injured. The flight was operated by Nigeria-based OAS Helicopter Services, he said.

Brig. Gen. Alfred Ilogho, a military official on the scene, said the owner of the company was among those aboard. Two of the passengers were foreigners, he added. Their nationalities weren't immediately known.

At the crash site, the fuselage and propeller of the wrecked red and white aircraft were wrenched off the main body. The helicopter appeared to have clipped power lines about 400 meters away.

Nigeria's aviation industry has come under scrutiny after the country suffered its third major plane crash in less than a year on Oct. 29, when a Boeing 737 jet owned by a Nigeria's private ADC Airline crashed just after take off from the airport in the capital, Abuja, killing 96 of the 105 people aboard.

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