Nigerian Air Force helicopter suffers mishap

Martha Obi, Abuja

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Agusta 109 Light Utility Helicopter has suffered a mishap while undertaking a liaison mission targeted at further enhancing the synergy between the Nigerian Army and the NAF in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North East.

The Director Public Relations and Information NAF Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said “The incidence, which occurred 6 July 2017, was as a result of an airborne technical fault with the helicopter” adding that “the experienced NAF pilots, however, successfully ditched the helicopter into a pool of water to minimize damage and loss of lives”.

Commodore Adesanya said there were neither injuries nor loss of lives to anyone on board or on the ground.

The Chief of the Air Staff has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incidence while efforts are ongoing to recover the helicopter and members of the board are already in Maiduguri to commence work.

However, the NAF continued to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigerians.