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UPDATED: Pilots Fate Unknown As Air Force Alpha Jet Found Crashed At Abba-Jille


There is a respite halfway as the missing Alpha jet of the Nigerian Air Force was found in the early hours of Friday.

The jet crashed at Abba-Jille in Konduga LGA in Borno State.

However, the fate of the pilot and co-pilot remains unknown as to whether they ejected safely or have been captured by insurgency fighters.

The location of the crash is approx 30kms outskirt from the city of Maiduguri.

The fighter jet was seen flying around Goni Kurmiri and Njimia villages after attacking terrorists’ locations at the Sambisa axis.

The plane was reported to have lost contact with the radar on Wednesday evening, according to Air Force spokesman, Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

The plane lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said an intelligent report gathered by its surveillance aircraft, Special Forces, and ground troops indicates that its missing aircraft might have crashed.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, stated that the cause of the crash and the whereabouts of the two pilots remained unknown.

According to Gabkwet, the pilots are Flt.-Lt. John Abolarinwa and Flt.- Lt. Ebiakpo Chapele.

Meanwhile, extensive search and rescue efforts were still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on ground.

He added that even at the point they were, NAF was not ruling out anything regarding the incident.

He, however, remained hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.


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