The Nigerian Air Force(NAF) says the Alpha Jet aircraft that went off the radar in Borno State might have crashed .
The aircraft marked- NAF475 with two crew members on board went missing on Wednesday in Borno State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said while giving an update on the incident.
While the cause of the crash and the whereabouts of the crew members are yet to be ascertained, pilots are identified as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.
According to Gabkwet, NAF surveillance aircraft, as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops, are on ground conducting extensive search and rescue efforts.
He stated that NAF is hopeful that the crew would be found and rescued.
Read the full statement below:
UPDATE ON MISSING NAF ALPHA JET AIRCRAFT
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 cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are 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 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.
Director of Public Relations and Information