The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Alpha Jet aircraft that went off the radar in Borno State may have crashed.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, gave the update on the incident in a statement released on Friday.
The aircraft marked – NAF475 – had two crew members on board when it went missing on Wednesday evening in Borno State.
The mission was said to be part of the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North East.
Gabkwet said the cause of the crash and the whereabouts of the crew members is still unknown.
He however identified the pilots as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.
According to Gabkwet, NAF surveillance aircraft and Special Forces, as well as Nigerian Army troops on ground are conducting extensive search and rescue efforts.
He stated that the Force remained hopeful that the crew would be foundand rescued as it does not rule out anything regarding the incident.
Read the full statement below:
UPDATE ON MISSING NAF ALPHA JET AIRCRAFT
Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed.
The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.
Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on ground.
At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.
Director of Public Relations and Information