Presidential aircraft handed over to Air Force allegedly crashes in Makurdi

The Agusta AW 101, one of the presidential jets recently handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, has reportedly crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi.

The plane, which is a medium-lift helicopter specially designed for military operations, reportedly crashed due to poor training of crew members who manned its operation, according to a report by TheNewGuru.

After the handover, the aircraft was repainted from the initial white and green to camouflage.

A source told the website that damages to the jet were significant but no life was lost to the crash.


JUST IN: Presidential aircraft handed over to Air Force crashes

One of the Presidential aircraft handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, the Agusta AW 101 has crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi, Daily Post reports.


The helicopter which was reconfigured for military operations reportedly crashed due to poor handling by the crew.


It was also gathered that no life was lost in the crash.

Military Aircraft Skids Off Runway In Yola

A military aircraft skidded off the runway while landing at the Air Force Base in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Sources in the Aviation Sector say no casualty was recorded in the incident but that the aircraft lost a tyre in the incident.

This incident is coming five months after an Air Force aircraft, NAF801, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, crashed in Hong, Adamawa State.

The Director, Defence Information, Colonel Abubakar Rabe, confirmed this to Channels Television.

The plane was said to be returning from an interdicted mission when it went down due to bad weather.

Only the pilot is said to have died in the accident.

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NAF Begins Local Production Of Aircraft Spare Parts

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has commenced the production of locally-made spares and other related equipment for its aircraft. NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, DOPRI, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, made the disclosure yesterday in a statement made available to journalists.

Alonge said the effort was in a bid to address the challenges associated with spares procurement from third party countries.

He said the Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in a bold move towards achieving this objective had set up both research and implementation committees comprising three professors and NAF officers in partnership with 28 indigenous universities.

Alonge added that the committees which only recently submitted a combined interim report were grouped into non-destructive testing team, security monitoring system and autopilot cassette team.

He said Air Marshal Abubakar expressed optimism while receiving the interim report that the NAF was at the verge of breaking even at producing locally made spares for maintenance of its aircraft.

According to the CAS, “the research outcomes of the committees will save the country enormous resources in hard currency and the time lag experienced in purchasing spare and military hardware from other countries.”

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Bauchi Probe C’ttee Discovers Aircraft Hidden In Morocco

A committee set up by the Bauchi State Government, headed by Air Commodore Ahmed Tijjani-Baba (rtd), has discovered an aircraft belonging to the state, hidden in Morocco. Governor Mohammed Abubakar made this known, Saturday night in Bauchi, in a broadcast marking his 100 days in office.

He disclosed that the recovered aircraft would be received by the state government in few days at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

According to him, “The committee will now beam its satellite on the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and the State Basic Education Board, to see how billions of naira allocated to them was spent.

“Such examples are the N2billion micro loans and others that were allocated to them but carelessly spent, leaving our pupils to study under the trees.”

Abubakar assured that the state government would soon embark on the construction and reconstruction of some rural feeder roads to ease transportation problems.

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Nigerian Air Force Makes Full Deployment Of Aircraft To North-East

The Nigerian Air Force has announced the full deployment of its aircraft to combat the security crisis in Nigeria’s north-east.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadique Abubakar, who announced the deployment on Monday, said the current security challenges in Nigeria heavily relied on air power and that discussions were ongoing with the Presidency to ensure the Air Force was battle ready.

He urged Senior Officers of the force to ensure that integrity, excellence and service delivery were prioritised, to eliminate mediocrity and corruption in the Air Force.

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Seven Die As Nigerian Air Force Aircraft Crashes

Seven people have been killed after an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force crashed at the old site of the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna , Northwest Nigeria.

The casualties include all four crew members and three passengers. The victims were travelling from the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna en route Abuja.

Emergency officials say the helicopter crashed less than ten minutes after taking off.

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Drones, Aircraft To Be Deployed For Surveilling Oil Installations- NSCDC

Dr Ade Abolurin, Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says the Corps had concluded plans to deploy about 500 drones and aircraft for proper surveillance of oil installations in the country. Abolurin disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with senior officers of the Corps as part of efforts to strengthen its operational strategy.

He said that the move was in line with the new administration’s resolve to tackle the issue of oil theft headlong to boost the economic revenue accrued to the country. The NSCDC boss, who decried the spate of pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country, said the corps was working round the clock to stem the tide.

He said the corps was exploring new ways to monitor and protect the pipelines, especially the use of technology and sophisticated gadgets to track down the vandals. “I can assure you that we are already exploring new approaches which will include the massive deployment of technology as opposed to the outdated conventional approach you are use to,’’ he said.

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Chadian aircraft bombs town in anti-Boko Haram raid

Chadian aircraft on Saturday bombed  Gamboru in a raid targeting Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, security sources said.

A raid was carried out around midday by two fighter jets on the town in Nigeria’s far northeast along the Cameroon border, sources from Chad and Cameroon said on condition of anonymity.

Boko Haram overran the town several months ago as part of its campaign to seize territory in the region and create an Islamic state. Nigeria’s military said on Thursday that its fighter jets had bombed the northeast town of Malam Fatori, also controlled by Boko Haram. Witnesses and some media reports said troops and airforce planes from Chad were also involved in that operation on Nigerian soil but Abuja neither confirmed nor denied the claim.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday gave his backing to an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram.