The Nigerian Air Force missing Alpha jet aircraft is reported to have crashed, as search and rescue mission continues for the two crew members on board.
An unconfirmed report suggest that the NAF’s Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet crashed at Abba-Jille in Konduga LGA of Borno State. A location approximately 30 Kms outskirt of Maiduguri Town.
The Pilots, a Pakistan and a Nigerian are still missing, but prayers are up for their safe return.
According to the statement released on Friday 2nd April 2021, on the missing Alpha jet aircraft by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, stated that an 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 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 added.