Tragedy struck the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday as its aircraft an MI-171 Helicopter has crashed in Niger state.
The ill-fated helicopter was travelling from Kaduna to Niger state when the incident occurred.
A statement from NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the tragedy on Monday saying, “A Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed today, August 14, 2023, at about 1:00 pm, in Chukuba Village in Niger State.
“The aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.”
The NAF spokesman added that efforts are ongoing to rescue those on board.