Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says intelligence report gathered indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed.
This was contained in a statement issued by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Friday.
The statement said the cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown.
It said 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 the ground,’’ said the statement.
‘’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.’’