Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35 helicopter
  • Pilot rescued
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35 helicopter on a training exercise in continuation of the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency offensive against Boko Haram terrorists crashed yesterday in Borno State, killing three crew members
An officer, who spoke with journalists in Maiduguri on condition of annoynimity, before a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj. Gen. Olukolade came in, said a surveillance jet was shot down by the insurgents around Bama, who are in control of over half of the state.
But Olukolade said the NAF helicopter crashed due to technical fault at a location south of Bama.
He said: “One of the pilots of the crashed helicopter has been recovered  alive  while the second one  as well as the technician on board the three-member crew flight died in the crash.”
Olukolade disclosed that investigation had already commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident. 
He added that the crash was not as a result of any enemy action. 
The Defence spokesman also promised that further details on the crash would be made known as investigation progresses.



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