Bristow Helicopters today confirmed it’s helicopter crashed in a Lagoon on Wednesday. The helicopter was on its way from Porthacourt but thankfully had no casualty. However, why most newspapers reported the news as a “crash” Bristow called in a “water landing”. See press release below
Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, confirmed today that one of its helicopters, was involved in a water landing near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform.
“The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C++, had departed on a routine crew transfer flight offshore with nine passengers and a crew of two.
“All persons onboard are accounted for and in the process of being transferred to a nearby installation. The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and will release more details as soon as it is available.”
An helicopter of Bristow crash landed last August with 6 dead out of 12 on board. This time around all 11 on board survived.
Here is how they reported that too
NIGERIA, (August 12, 2015) – Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, confirmed today that one of its helicopters, tail number 5N-BGD, was involved in an accident at about 3:30 p.m. local time today on approach to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at Lagos, Nigeria. The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C+, was returning from a drilling rig offshore. Preliminary information indicates that the aircraft carried 10 passengers and a crew of two, subject to confirmation. The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and will release more details as soon as it is available.
At this time, the full resources of Bristow Helicopter’s incident response team are being mobilized. Families are being contacted and Bristow is fully cooperating with authorities responding to the incident.
According to Wikipedia The phrase “water landing” is also used as a euphemism for crash-landing into water in an aircraft not designed for the purpose. People familiar with the terms suggest the company’s corporate communications team may have preferred to us a softer word instead of a “crash ” to portray an occurrence that didn’t lead into death.