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UPDATE ON MISSING NAF ALPHA JET AIRCRAFT

The Nigerian Air Force says Intelligence reports indicate that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed.

In a statement released this Friday by the NAF Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabwet, 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.

Extensive search and rescue efforts supervised by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on ground.

The NAF says it is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.

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