NAF helicopter crash-lands in Katsina

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A combat Helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) , Wednesday crashed while returning from an anti- armed banditry mission in the North West.

This came five months after an Mi-35M helicopter providing close-air-support to troops of 145 Task Force Battalion in Damasak, Borno State, crashed killing five crew members.

The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made the disclosure in a statement, said details of the crash were still sketchy.

This was as Daramola insisted that no life was lost.

He further disclosed that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the setting up of a board of Inquiry to establish the cause (s) 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 the Northwest Theatre under Operation Hadaran Daji. Details of the cause of the incident, which occurred at the Katsina Airport at about 3.30pm today, 12 June 2019, are still scanty. However, there was no loss of life, either of persons on board the helicopter or on the ground.

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

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


Stella Enenche, Abuja

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