- A Nigerian Air Force aircraft in northern Nigeria have lost radar contact
- The Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a tweet
- Air Commodore Gabkwet assured that efforts are currently ongoing to locate the aircraft whereabouts
A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft on a routine mission in northern Nigeria has gone missing.
This was disclosed by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a tweet seen by Legit.ng late Wednesday, March 31.
“A NAF aircraft on routine mission in support of own troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the northern part of Nigeria has lost radar contact. Efforts are currently ongoing to locate its whereabouts. Details to follow.”
The incident comes weeks after a NAF Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed on Sunday, February 21 in Abuja.
The aircraft crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna.
All seven of the NAF personnel on board the aircraft died and have since been buried after throwing the entire nation into shock.
President Muhammadu Buhari had sent condolences to the NAF and the families, friends, and colleagues of the seven victims of the military plane crash.
The NAF personnel who died in that crash were:
1. Haruna Gadzama
2. Henry Piyo
3. Micheal Okpara
4. Bassey Etim
5. Olasunkanmi Olawumi
6. Ugochukwu Oluka
7. Adewale Johnson.
Legit.ng had reported that the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, paid a condolence visit to the wife of one of the late officers after the crash.
Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, an indigene of Ogotun Ekiti in Ekiti state, is one of the seven officers who died in the plane crash on Sunday, February 21.
Governor Fayemi on Tuesday, February 23, met with the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Omolola Olawunmi.