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NAF Says Missing Jet May Have Crashed, Reveals Identities Of Pilots

A file photograph of NAF personnel with an Alpha-jet of the Nigerian Air Force. Photo: [email protected]


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet plane that went off the radar in Borno State may need crashed, authorities stated on Friday.

The plane marked – NAF475 – had two crew members on board when it went lacking on Wednesday in Borno State.

Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, disclosed this in a press release whereas giving an replace on the incident.

While the reason for the crash and the whereabouts of the crew members who’re NAF personnel stay unknown, the pilots are recognized as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.

According to Gabkwet, NAF surveillance plane and Special Forces, in addition to Nigerian Army troops on floor are conducting intensive search and rescue efforts.

He said that the Force remained hopeful that the crew can be discovered and rescued because it doesn’t rule out something relating to the incident.

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Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) signifies that the Alpha Jet plane (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 may need crashed.

The explanation for the crash in addition to the whereabouts of the two pilots stay unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.

Extensive search and rescue efforts are nonetheless ongoing by NAF surveillance plane in addition to NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on floor.

At this level, the NAF will not be ruling out something relating to the incident. It nonetheless stays hopeful that the crew would quickly be discovered and rescued.


Air Commodore

Director of Public Relations and Information

An image taken on April 1, 2021, exhibits the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, visiting Borno State after NAF Alpha-Jet misplaced contact with radar.


How It Happened

Channels Television had reported on Thursday that the NAF jet went lacking after it misplaced contact with radar whereas on an interdiction mission in help of floor troops preventing insurgency within the state.

The mission was stated to be a part of the continued counter-insurgency operations within the North East the place insurgents have carried out sequence of assaults, killing 1000’s and displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians in over 10 years.

A day after the incident, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, visited Borno the place he was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in reference to the lacking plane.

He appealed to NAF pilots, engineers, and technicians on the bottom to stay undeterred and resolute of their dedication to making sure that peace was returned to the North East.

On February 21, the Nigerian Air Force misplaced seven of its personnel and one in every of its plane to a crash in Abuja.


The affected plane – Beechcraft KingAir B350i – crashed at Bassa village – just some yards off the runway on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja.

While en path to Minna, the Niger State capital, the crew reported an engine failure and was on its manner again to the airport earlier than the plane crashed.

The late personnel have been buried on the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

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