NAF Debunks Claim that its Aircraft Crash-Landed in Southwest State

NAF Debunks Claim that its Aircraft Crash-Landed in Southwest State

- Report that one of the NAF aircraft crash-landed at an airport in Akure has been described as false

- AThe Force's spokesman explained that there was no accident involving one of its aircraft heading for Owerri, Imo state

- A report had alleged that a NAF ATR 42 crash-landed a week before the plane crash that claimed the lives of 11 military officers on May 21

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FCT, Abuja - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied a media report making the rounds that one of its aircraft crash-landed in Akure, Ondo state, ThisDay reports.

The report has been described as fake, aimed at tarnishing the good image of NAF at all costs.

Legit.ng gathers that this clarification was made by the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Monday, May 31.

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NAF Debunks Claim that its Aircraft Crash-Landed in Southwest State
Nigerian Air Force has denied that one of its aircraft crash-landed in Akure. Photo credit: @NigAirForce
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Gabkwet stated this in reaction to a report alleging that the aircraft crash-landed a week before the fatal incident in Kaduna that claimed the life of the former chief of army staff and 10 others.

According to him, NAF remains focused as it carries out its constitutional role of defending the country alongside sister services and other security agencies.

Leadership reports that an online medium alleged that a Nigerian Air Force ATR 42 aircraft heading to Owerri, Imo state, to aid military operations crash-landed in the Ondo state capital.

The report further claimed that military authorities covered up the incident to avoid national embarrassment.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has opened up on the cause of the plane crash that resulted in the death of COAS Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers on Friday, May 21.

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According to Onyema Nwachukwu, defence spokesman, although the incident is still being investigated, the crash occurred after the aircraft landed at the Kaduna International Airport following bad weather conditions.

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However, Nwachukwu via the DHQ's verified Twitter page disclosed that General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to ascertain remote and immediate causes of the tragedy.

Source: Legit Nigeria

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