Helicopter in traffic: A few things that the news and social media got wrong

Helicopter in traffic: A few things that the news and social media got wrong

Over the weekend between June 21 and 23, 2019, a video, shot in Nigeria, went viral about a wealthy man who had supposedly grown tired of the traffic in Lagos and thus called for a chopper. Apparently, the chopper went for a sick person.

The BBC is reporting that an unbelievable story of a wealthy Nigerian man who was airlifted out of traffic on a Nigerian highway is apparently mistaken.

It turns out that the chopper went for a sick person who needed urgent medical attention, the BBC was told by the helicopter company that made the flight.

The sick man in question was suffering a stroke.

When it was thought that the flight was the case of the Nigerian rich showing off, many condemned it although a good number too were awed by the supposed opulence.

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One of the early authors of the narrative that the helicopter went for a wealthy man out of traffic appears to be the Nigerian luxury brands company Julian Luxury.

Another rumour that spread was that the helicopter was rescuing the girlfriend of a billionaire.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Nigeria's Civil Aviation authority said that it had launched an investigation into the incident.

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But Femi Adeniji from the Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd, operators of the air transportation, told the BBC that he did not understand why the video had caused such a fuss.

He said it was normal for their company to respond to emergency situations, as there is no such public emergency service available - and they had done so six times in the last two months.

He said that there was no truth in the speculation that the helicopter was called by a billionaire who wanted to escape the huge traffic jam.

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