Africans are known to be talented and gifted all over the world and a certain lady has left her foot prints on the rock of history after she became the first female helicopter pilot in Nigeria. In this retro post NAIJ.com examines how Captain Abimbola Jayeola became a name to be remembered in history.
In 2014, Abimbola Jaiyeola became the Nigeria’s first female Helicopter Pilot and not just that, she had her name written in the history of Nigeria.
Captain Abimbola Jayeola (Captain AB) in 2016 became talk of town after she saved 13 people on board when she avoided an air crash by choosing to land the helicopter on water.
Abimbola who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state, southwestern Nigeria graduated from the Bristow Academy in 2008 after which she obtained a training in Florida. She flies the Sikorsky S76 for Bristow Helicopters Nigeria.
on Thursday, February 4, 2016, her shrewd decision-making helped to avert the death of 11 Nigerians, plus yet another aviation-industry crisis.
She flew the 5B BJQ Bristow helicopter that was headed to Lagos from Port Harcourt but ended up “ditching” into the Atlantic Ocean.
“Ditching” is a controlled emergency measure to land an aircraft on water.
The chopper arrived at the crash scene around 11.50am and started rescue operation, with all the passengers already wearing their life jackets. MV-DIJAMA launched its Fast Rescue Boat immediately and started receiving the casualties from the chopper’s LifeRafts. The accident happened 70 nautical miles off Lagos.
The story of Abimbola Jaiyeola has proven to all that a woman can do anything she puts her mind to do. Let’s give a round of applause to the magnificent woman.
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