Missing Alpha Jet May Have Crashed — NAF

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says intelligence report available  to it indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with two crew members on board on 31 March 2021 may have crashed.

The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the two pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.

In a statement today, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said 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,” the statement added.

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