JUST IN: Why our helicopter ‘picked up sick person’ on Benin-Ore road after security clearance — TAC
Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited (TAL), a company operating helicopter services, has said that a man who was picked up by its helicopter in the middle of a huge traffic jam along Benin-Ore road was sick and needed urgent medical attention,
The video from the Sunday incident posted on the social media had spread like a wild fire, with many who in their comments condemned the action, saying it was a show of affluence by a billionaire believed to have called the helicopter to escape the four-hour long traffic jam.
However, four days after the helicopter landed on the Benin-Ore expressway, the company that operated the flight, Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited (TAL) has said that the chopper company got approval from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for the chopper to operate the flight.
The company at a world press conference on Thursday, while stating that the flight was conducted to save a sick person in conjunction with Flying Doctors, insisted that it did not violate aviation rules as it added that NAMA endorsed the clearance for the flight to be operated.
Speaking on behalf of the helicopter of TAL at its headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, its Chief Operating Officer, Engineer Femi Adeniji said the company was yet to receive any memo from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) concerning the flight.
Adeniji who said the company was surprised at the undue outrage the supposed commendable exercise generated, said the issue which was not peculiar to TAL was a global practice already gaining global traction.