Air Force loses Air craft in Niger crash

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The Nigerian Air Force has lost an aircraft to a crash on Monday.

The ill-fated aircraft took off from Kaduna en route to Minna, the Niger state capital when the it crashed.

Director of Public Relations and Information of the Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet,
confirming the incident in a statement on Monday said the aircraft departed Zungeru Primary School en route to Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed in a village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

The statement reads in part, “A Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed today, August 14, 2023, at about.1.00 pm in Chukuba Village in Niger State.”

The statement said further that the aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Gabkwet said efforts were ongoing to rescue the pilots and passengers on board
the helicopter, while preliminary investigations have commenced to determine the probable cause of the crash.

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