The hierarchy of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Friday, said that its missing Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475), may have crashed, in a yet-to-be-identified location.

“Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed,” the service said in a statement.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown.

He disclosed the identity of the pilots as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.

“Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on the ground.

“At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued,” the statement concluded.


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