Retro: Let's talk about Abimbola Jaiyeola, Nigeria's first female helicopter pilot

Retro: Let's talk about Abimbola Jaiyeola, Nigeria's first female helicopter pilot

- Captain Abimbola Jayeola gains double celebration as Nigeria's first-ever female helicopter pilot

- Abimbola is also recognised for her heroic act of saving the lives of 11 passengers aboard a helicopter

- The helicopter she piloted was headed to Lagos from Rivers state when Abimbola landed it on water to prevent a crash

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 Legit.ng examines how the celebrated Captain Abimbola Jayeola became a name to be remembered in history.

In 2014, Abimbola Jaiyeola was not just Nigeria's first female helicopter pilot, she succeeded in becoming a celebrated heroine in 2016.

That year, Captain Abimbola Jayeola (Captain AB) saved 13 people from dying in a crash when she avoided air mishap by choosing to land a helicopter on water.

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Retro: Lets talk about Abimbola Jaiyeola, Nigeria's first female helicopter pilot

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Abimbola who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state, southwestern Nigeria, graduated from the Bristow Academy in 2008 after which she obtained 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.

Retro: Lets talk about Abimbola Jaiyeola, Nigeria's first female helicopter pilot

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A chopper with a team arrived at the crash scene around 11.50 am on the day and started a 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.

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Abimbola sure deserved all the accolades, celebrations and honours she received for the heroic act.

Legit.ng earlier reported how Ryan Matthews beat the odds that were stacked against him in life and succeeded.

He was 17 years old when he charged of a crime he did not commit. That made him spend five years in prison on a death row.

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His trouble started in April 1997 when a masked thief shot a store owner who refused to give him money and fled, according to a report by Face to Face Africa.

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