Nigerian Air Force Aircraft Crashes In Niger
A Nigerian Air Force aircraft en route Kaduna has crashed in Niger State.
This is contained in a statement signed by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Monday, August 12, 2023.
According to the statement, the aircraft was on a casualty evacuation mission when the crash happened.
It further explains that the aircraft departed Zungeru Primary School en route Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed in a village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.
The statement reads in part; “A Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed today, August 14, 2023, at about 1.1.00 pm at Chukuba Village in Niger State.
“The aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.”
The statement says efforts are ongoing to rescue the pilots and passengers on board.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to rescue the crew and passengers on board the helicopter, while preliminary investigations have commenced to determine the probable cause of the crash,” the statement added.
Written by: Elizabeth David