NAF Buries Victims Of Fighter Helicopter Crash


By Talatu Bala

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) buried the remains of five crew members, victims of the NAF Mi-35M Helicopter that crashed during a combat on Jan. 2 in Borno.

The helicopter crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno.

The late crew members are Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command; Flight Lt- Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot; Sgt. Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician; Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner; and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.

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The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the late officers were laid to rest at 11:20am on Tuesday at the National Military Cemetery Abuja, with full military honours, amidst wails and tears by family members, wives, relatives and sympathisers.

Wreaths were also laid by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali and the wives of some of the officers.

The air chief also presented the National colours to the families of the deceased crew members. NAN