BREAKING: Chief of Air Staff arrives Maiduguri to coordinate search for missing NAF aircraft

BREAKING: Chief of Air Staff arrives Maiduguri to coordinate search for missing NAF aircraft

- Hours after a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet lost radar contact, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital

- The Air Force chief is expected to oversee coordination towards the search and rescue mission of the missing aircraft

- Amao is a former Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command before he was appointed Chief of Air Staff

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital hours after a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet was declared missing.

The CAS arrival was revealed in a tweet by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, and seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, April 1.

On arrival, Air Marshal Amao was reportedly briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft.

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BREAKING: Chief of Air Staff arrives Maiduguri to coordinate search for missing NAF aircraft
Air Marshal Amao is a former Air Component Commander of Zaman Lafiya Dole. Photo credit: @NigAirForce
Source: Twitter

Recall that Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet late Wednesday, March 31, informed Nigerians that a NAF aircraft on a routine mission in the northern part of Nigeria has lost radar contact.

He also said efforts are currently ongoing to locate its whereabouts.

Earlier today, the NAF spokesman gave an update on the situation, saying the incident happened in Borno state.

He said the loss of radar contact by the aircraft occurred at about 5.08 pm on Wednesday, March 31.

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.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had sent condolences to the NAF and the families, friends, and colleagues of the seven victims of the military plane crash.

A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying he was deeply saddened by the fatal crash of the NAF's Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft.

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