The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has relocated to the northeast theatre of operations to coordinate the search and rescue operations for the missing Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Alpha Jet aircraft.

The Service on Wednesday night announced that on its aircraft on a routine mission in support of own troops at one of the theatres of operations in the northern part of Nigeria lost radar contact.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a tweet added that efforts were ongoing to locate its whereabouts.

However, the NAF Spokesperson in his update on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, announced the arrival of the Chief of Air Staff to Maiduguri.

He said that Air Marshal Amao’s visit to Borno State is in connection to the missing aircraft.

“The CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, @ CAS _IOAmao, arrived Maiduguri this morning and was briefed on the ongoing search and rescue effort in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft.

“He also urged pilots, engineers & technicians to remain undeterred & resolute in their commitment to ensuring that peace returns to the Northeast,” the tweets in his verified handle reads.

This is a very trying time for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), family as it had been moving from one tragic incidence to the other.

Recall that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Thursday 25 February 2021, committed to the eteranl resting place, the seven crew members of the ill fated Beechcraft King Air 350 that crashed on Sunday 21 February 2021 in Abuja, killing every crew member on board, following a reported engine faliure.

The seven NAF personnel died in the line of duty while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

The seven personnel who were committed to mother earth at the National Military Cemetery Abuja, include: “Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist), Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist), and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician)”.

Also, in January, one NAF SF personnel, Aircraftman Sunday Enwa, paid the supreme price while 3 others, sustained gunshot wounds while battling the armed bandits in Zamfara State.


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