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Missing NAF fighter jet crashes, fate of two pilots onboard unknown

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The Nigerian Airforce, this morning confirmed the crash of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet which went missing on Wednesday.

This new development was confirmed a few minutes ago by the Director of Public Relations and Information Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a Facebook social media post.

According to post, the fate of the two pilots aboard the jet is unknown but the NAF search team is on a mission to find them.

The statement by Commodore Gabwet titled ‘Update on Missing NAF Alpha Jet Aircraft’ read this:

Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with two crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might 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

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.

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