The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that one of its helicopters fighting insurgency in the northeast has crashed into a pool of water in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
In a statement issued on Thursday, NAF stated that no life was lost in the incident and that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has constitutes an of Inquiry to unearth the cause of the incident.
The statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said members of the Board of Inquiry were already in Maiduguri, Borno state to carry out their assignment on the crash which occurred in the early hours of today.
“A 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 incidence, which occurred today, 6 July 2017, was as a result of an airborne technical fault with the helicopter.
“The experienced NAF pilots, however, successfully ditched the helicopter into a pool of water to minimize damage and loss of lives. Consequently, there were neither any 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.
“The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians”