The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday debunked rumors that another of its Alpha jet crashed in Kaduna on Sunday evening
The alleged jet reportedly left the NAF Base in Yola, the Adamawa State Capital for an anti-banditry operation crashed in a village in Kaduna. It was also reported rescue parties have been dispatched to search for crew members, including the pilot.
But the NAF denied any of its jets crashed in Kaduna. NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the headquarters had not received any operational report of crash of its aircraft and that no alpha jet left Yola for Kaduna. “I am making contact and awaiting information from other locations,” he said.
According to reports, if this crash is true then it is coming less two month after the one that killed the former chief of army staff and ten other in Kaduna. and there have been 11 military plane crashes in Nigerian since 2015 that killed no fewer than 33 officers. These include the NAF plane crash, which killed seven onboard on August 29, 2015; F-7NI jet crash on October 10, 2015 and Augusta Westland crash in Makurdi on November 15, 2015.
Although the NAF has denied the reports, one source said “I can tell you authoritatively that a NAF Alfa Jet has crashed in Kaduna. The Jet left Yola for anti banditry operations in Kaduna.
“As we speak, we don’t know the state of the crew on board but a search team has left for the crash site. The Air Force base around Yola is now in a mourning mood as this crash is becoming too much for the NAF, the authorities need to do something even if it means going spiritual because this is not ordinary”.
Another source said the aircraft was on an operational mission and disappeared from the radar between Funtua in Katsina State and Gusau in Zamfara State.