- A NAF helicopter MI-171 has crashed while on an evacuation mission to Niger State from Kaduna
- In a statement by the spokesperson of the force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the aircraft was discovered to have crashed soon after its take off
- The force authority added that mission to rescue the crew and passengers were ongoing while the number of casualties was yet to be ascertained
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In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the director of public relations and information for the Nigerian Air Force, the aircraft crashed at about 1 pm near Chukuba Village in Niger State.
According to the statement, the aircraft left Zungeru Primary School in Kaduna State. Still, it was soon disclosed that it had crashed near the Chukuba villa in the Shiroro local government area of Niger State.
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The NAF authority added that efforts are ongoing to rescue passengers and crew on board the helicopter, adding that preliminary investigations have begun to unveil the cause of the crash.
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However, the statement did not reveal the number of crews and passengers, while the number of casualties was yet to be known as of the time of writing this report.
On February 22, 2021, seven personnel of the NAF died in a plane crash while on their way from Abuja to Minna, the Niger State capital. The accident happened shortly after their plane took off from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
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