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Three dead in another NAF helicopter crash near Yola


A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter crashed in
Jarenga village, near Yola, at about 9:00pm on
Eyewitnesses said a series of explosions
accompanied the crash, causing panic. While
locals who helped at the scene said four people
died, a Defence Headquarters statement
yesterday said three people died. The statement
also said it was a NAF ground attack helicopter
that crashed around Federal University of
Technology, Yola, in Adamawa State.
“Rescuers worked throughout the night until
Friday morning to preserve the wreckage and
and scene of the accident for proper
investigation to be carried out,” the statement
said, adding that further details will be made
known later.”
When Weekly Trust visited the scene, soldiers
had cordoned off the crash site. Metal objects,
bullet shells and partially burnt U.S dollar notes
were scattered around a large crater.
A local who assisted military personnel in
removing body parts of victims as well as
scattered debris, said he heard soldiers saying
those on board include two expatriates and two
Nigerian military personnel, noting that it
appeared some explosive material was found
few around the wreckage. He told Weekly Trust
that two aircraft were flying past when one of
them suddenly caught fire after an explosion.
Students of the Modibbo Adama University of
Technology, about 5 kilometers from the crash
site, fled. One of them said they assumed the
explosions signalled a bomb attack on their
Meanwhile a statement by media consultant
PRNigeria said yesterday that since the Boko
Haram campaign of terror went full-scale in the
North-Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and
Yobe, the Nigerian Air Force has flown at least
6,000 missions in efforts to rid the zone of
insurgency. The missions, aiming to decimate,
degrade, destabilise and demoralise Boko Haram
terrorists, comprised ground attacks platforms,
mission on ATR-42, Beechcraft air surveillance
platform, airlift missions using the G-222 and
the C-130H.
Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force, Air
Marshal Adesola Amosu said at a recent forum
at the University of Ibadan that scope of the
operations included airlift of troops and
equipment, rotation of forces, battlefield
interdiction, casualty evacuation, air surveillance
Operations and armed reconnaissance Missions
among other operations, the statement said.
This is the second time a military aircraft
conveying expatriates is crashing in the region
within a week.


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