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Air Force chopper fighting Boko Haram crashes in Borno

Air Force chopper fighting Boko Haram crashes in Borno

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Agusta 106 Light Utility Helicopter engaged in the counter-insurgency war against the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria’s North East has crashed.
Efforts are currently underway to recover the aircraft which went down in the early hours of Thursday in Borno.

Responding to the development, the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, while confirming the incident in a statement, added that there was no loss of lives as the pilots successfully ditched the aircraft into a pool of water to limit damage.

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He further stated that “The Chief of the Air Staff has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incidence. Members of the board are already in Maiduguri to commence work”.

This incident follows a series of crashes involving NAF aircrafts in recent times, including crashes in Lagos and Kaduna in 2015, as well as Makurdi in 2016.

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