On 3rd February, 2016 at about 10.25am, 5N-BQJ, Sikorsky S-76C++ Helicopter, a domestic charter flight operated by Bristow Helicopters (Nig.) Ltd, departed Lagos for ERHA FPSO. An Instrument Meteorological condition prevailed, and IFR flight plan was filed. Two flight crew members and nine passengers were on-board the out bound flight that was uneventful. The Captain was in command on this flight.
5N-BQJ departed Erha for its in-bound flight to Lagos at 0950hrs at altitude 3000ft. The Co-pilot was the PF while the Captain was PM with nine passengers. The accident occurred on the inbound flight from Erha station where it had previously landed.