Nigeria Air Force loses combat helicopter to crash in Katsina

Nigerian Air Force has confirmed the crash of its helicopter returning from a combat mission in Katsina State.

It, however, said no life was lost in the crash, which occurred at about 3.30pm yesterday.

NAF spokesman, Mr Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement that Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Mr Sadique Abubakar, has ordered a probe of the incident.

Daramola said: “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter has crashed in the process of landing while returning from an anti-armed banditry combat mission in Northwest Theatre under Operation Hadaran Daji.

“Details of the cause of the incident, which occurred at the Katsina Airport at about 3.30pm, are still scanty. However, there was no loss of life, either of persons on board the helicopter or on the ground.

“Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a Board of Inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident.

“NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

 

The Nation

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