NAF Declares Missing Jet Crashed, Names Officers On Board

The Alpha Jet, a military aircraft that disappeared from radar in Borno State might have crashed, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Friday.

According to Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, the aircraft marked – NAF475 – had two crew members on board when it went missing on Wednesday in Borno State.

Gabkwet disclosed this in a statement on Friday while giving an update on the incident.

Read the full statement below:

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.

Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
2 April 2021

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