Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, has said the helicopter crash he survived last year strengthened his faith in God.
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Osinbajo stated this during the thanksgiving service at the Villa chapel in Abuja, celebrating his survival and 11 others from tragedy a year ago.
The Agusta Westland W 139 helicopter conveying 12 of them, crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi State during the 2019 presidential election campaign.
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Osinbajo was accompanied by his wife, Dolapo, family members and his aides, including some of those who were with him when the accident occurred.
He explained that the incident was so miraculous and despite the crash, none of the occupants had any injury.
“What happened on that occasion was so amazing, so miraculous; 12 of us in the helicopter, the helicopter crashed and not one scratch on one of us, that’s just incredible,” Osinbajo said.
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“So we can only continue to thank God and to praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the awesome deliverance of so many of us.”
“Can you imagine a situation where you survive a helicopter crash? Adding that he thinks it “just demonstrates that God is merciful, God is awesome, he is able to do all things and he is able to do everything,?” he asked.
“I think it just greatly strengthened my faith and the faith of all of us who were there.”
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The chopper managed by Caverton helicopter had managed to land at the township stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the shock of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had gathered to welcome Osinbajo.
Caverton Helicopters said the crash was caused by unusual weather condition.
Also, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in its preliminary report after conducting an investigation into the crash, said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet, owing to a brownout – (dust generated when landing on a sandy area) – that enveloped the helicopter.
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It added that the helicopter experienced a hard landing and consequently rolled over.