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1 Dec 2016

ExxonMobil Chief Engineer Dies in Avoidable Blast Accident

Mr. G. Okorocha, the Chief Engineer of the Aviation Department of ExxonMobil in the early hours of Tuesday was killed in a blast accident.

He in charge of servicing of aeroplanes and helicopters in the company.

An official at Exxonmobil said he had just finished servicing a helicopter of the company at about 4:15 a.m. before the tragic incident happened.

According to reports, he was inflating a spare tyre of his car with an apparatus meant for the inflation of helicopter tyres, which is against ExxonMobil safety rules and regulation.

As he was inflating the spare tyre, the pressure from the company’s apparatus caused a blast that detached the rim of the tyre and cut his throat.

“The rim also ripped off some parts of his body, including his finger and he died instantly. The decapitated parts of his remains were packed together and deposited at Immanuel Hospital, Eket,’’ the officer said.

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