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Sad: Exxonmobil Engineer Killed In Tyre Blast

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BEVERLY HILLS, December 02, (THEWILL) – A senior ExxonMobil staff in Eket, Akwa Ibom state, G. Okorocha, the chief engineer (Aviation Department), has been killed by a blast that occurred in the state.

The deceased who was in charge of servicing of aeroplanes and helicopters in the company was killed by a blast from a burst tyre in the aviation wing of the company, located along Eket Oron road in Eket local government area of the state.

An official said the deceased 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.

The official said the late Okorocha had just finished servicing a helicopter of the company before the tragic incident.

The source revealed that 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 the deceased's throat.

“The rim also ripped off some parts of his body, including his finger and he died instantly,” he said.

“The decapitated parts of his remains were packed together and deposited at Immanuel Hospital, Eket,” the source said.

Ogechukwu Udeagha, manager, media and communications of the company, confirmed the incident.

“On the morning of Tuesday, November 22, there was an accident involving a member of our workforce while inflating his personal vehicle's tire, resulting in a fatality,” he said.

Udeagha said that investigation into the tragic incident had commenced and all the appropriate authorities had been notified.

“Mobil is saddened by this unfortunate incident, and is providing support to the family,” he added.

Story by Oputah David