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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Not Helicopter Crashed In Kaduna – Nigerian Air Force

Boom RadioNG | July 1, 2024

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that belongs to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Locals around the crash site believed it was a helicopter crash that took place in the early hours of today at Taimi village, near Rigachikun, a community very close to the headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force Air Training Centre, Mando.

But in a statement  attributed to the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, he confirmed the crash but said it was a UAV and not a helicopter as earlier believed.

He said, “a NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) experienced a mishap after take-off for a mission, at a location near Rumji Village and about 15 Km from Base.  Since it is an unmanned vehicle, there were no casualties on board or on the ground.

“A preliminary investigation has since commenced to ascertain what may have caused the mishap. Nigerians can rest assured that this minor setback will not, in any way, impinge on all ongoing operations.”

Air Marshal Hasan Bala Abubakar Chief of Air Staff of Nigeria.

Due to the crash, a team of Airforce personnel from the Nigerian Air Force Air Training Centre and 401 Flying School cordoned off the scene to secure the area for emergency rescue operations and also investigate the cause of the crash.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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