EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Air Force Jet Crash-lands In Akure, Covered Up By Military Authorities

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Air Force Jet Crash-lands In Akure, Covered Up By Military Authorities 2

A Nigerian Air Force ATR 42 plane heading for Owerri, Imo State, to help navy operations within the South-East area, crash-landed in Akure, the Ondo State capital, SaharaReporters has gathered.

SaharaReporters learnt from high NAF sources that the crash-landing of the ATR 42 occurred about two weeks in the past – per week earlier than the late Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, died in the same NAF jet crash in Kaduna State.

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It was gathered that navy authorities coated up the incident and didn’t make it public to keep away from nationwide embarrassment.

Top sources launched the {photograph} of the ill-fated ATR 42 to SaharaReporters, including that the plane was conveying some Special Forces personnel to Imo State, a few of whom have been reportedly injured after the crash.

But there was no casualty in keeping with sources, which made it simpler for the NAF authorities to be silent on the incident.

“It was an ATR 42 and we have been going to Imo State. The plane crashed-landed the subsequent day; the authorities are hiding the incident. The crash occurred within the morning. It was a solely navy affair and so they prevented anybody of us from taking images of the incident.

“It crash-landed at the Akure airport two weeks ago but they hid it. About 15 to 20 personnel were on board to the South-East.”

In about three months, the NAF jets have crashed within the North-Central, North-East, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and now South-West areas, elevating fears concerning the upkeep tradition of the navy aircrafts.

SaharaReporters final Friday reported that the households of two Nigerian Air Force pilots – Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele – are nonetheless at the hours of darkness about their family members onboard an Alpha Jet which went lacking since March 31.

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The NAF has but to supply an replace on the situation of the lacking Alpha Jet NAF 475 which believably crashed on March 30 in Borno State in addition to on the our bodies of the late pilots, giving the households an important concern.

“The families are in distress. Nobody is talking about the two pilots on the Alpha Jet. The NAF’s investigation is taking forever. Now that another crash of bigger national importance has happened, the authorities may not even revert to the missing jet in Borno State, so as not to put up too many negativities into the public domain,” a supply had mentioned.

The fighter jet went lacking on Wednesday, March 30, round 5pm, amidst fears that it may need been captured or shot down by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The Alpha Jet, a light-weight assault jet and superior jet coach plane, has performed a major function in Nigeria’s counter-insurgency marketing campaign within the North-East theatre of operation.

It was acquired by NAF in 2014 from the United States of America air pressure.

The final replace the NAF gave was on April 2, when the NAF authorities mentioned that intelligence gathered to this point indicated that the jet may need crashed though it had but to know the whereabouts of the jet or the 2 pilots on board.

Military sources had mentioned at the moment that the jet crashed within the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, though the NAF didn’t affirm the situation.

It might be recalled that in February 2021, a NAF Beechcraft King Air 350i Surveillance Aircraft additionally crashed in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.  

The final result of NAF’s supposed investigations into the crash had but to be made public.

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