A report we are monitoring on Channels Television has announced the crash of an Air Force helicopter, which reportedly went down at the site of the old National Defence Academy in Kaduna state.
Additional reports say the helicopter, which was on a routine Air Force training flight was heading to Abuja from the Nigerian Airforce base in Kaduna, when the incident occurred.
According to Daily Post, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that all seven passengers on board did not survive the crash.
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The flight was said to have crashed 10 minutes after take-off at about 6. 47am earlier today, with the pilot, co-pilot, two engineers and three passengers on board, Abusidiqu reports.
A military source who confirmed the incident told reporters that the helicopter crashed at the old site of the NDA at about 6.30am .
He said: “We heard a loud sound like bomb blast, when we came out to confirm what it was , we saw flames. After tracing the site , we then discovered that it was an Airforce jet that crashed ."
He told The Heat that the crash site was a residential area and some persons were injured. He also revealed that seven dead bodies were recovered from the crash site during resue operations.
The director of public relations and information, NAF headquarters, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, however told Premium Times that he would provide more details on the incident later.
Rescue efforts are going on as officials of NEMA, Kaduna State Emergency Agency (KASEMA) and the Red Cross are on ground.
See photos from the crash site below:
Meanwhile, two weeks back, the Accident Investigation Bureau announced that they have recovered the black box of the Bristow helicopter that crashed into the Lagos lagoon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.