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30 July 2011

Nigeria helicopter crash - 3 killed

Lagos - Authorities say two women and a male pilot died after a helicopter crashed in Nigeria's southwest.

The National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson says the three occupants were killed on Saturday afternoon in a hilly area outside Ife-Odan in Osun state. Yushau Shuaib did not give their names.

He said villagers helped to search for the bodies for six hours because a device meant to send out distress calls had not been activated after the rented helicopter traveling from Lagos to Ilorin crashed.

The agency's director-general says it will be inviting all airline and aircraft operators next week to discuss the use of the device.

A private plane crash in northern Nigeria killed a British pilot and a Nigerian plane engineer in May. The agency says the device had not been activated either.

- AP/News24