Another military helicopter crashes in Adamawa

Less than three days after a military helicopter on surveillance mission crashed in Damare, a suburb of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa state, another chopper believed to belong to the Nigerian Air Force has gone down around the same area.

Multiple sources in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday night that another military helicopter crashed around 9 p.m Thursday around the surroundings of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology‎ [MAUTECH] in Girei Local Government Area of the state.

“It is true a helicopter just crashed near MAUTECH at around 9:30 pm. There were actually two of them flying beside each other and when one crashed, the other one turned back,” said a Yola resident who simply gave his name as Dan Asabe.

A student of MAUTECH, Abdulrahman Shehu, told PREMIUM TIMES he saw the helicopter go down.

Mr. Shehu said Thursday night, “We came out of our hostel when we heard the sound of choppers and noticed that there were two of them flying in the dark without lights on.

“Suddenly one of them went down and exploded with a deafening sound. Immediately that happened the other one turned back and left. Obviously there were explosives inside the chopper because intermittent explosions followed the fall of the helicopter creating a huge fire blast.

“Even as we speak, you can see the huge fire blazing from our hostel, although the explosions have abated a little.

“Another chopper ‎came but could not land near the fallen chopper and Soldiers have already come with ambulances and headed to the crash site which is not more than two kilometres from our school.”

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, an Air Commodore, confirmed the incident, but said details were still sketchy.

“Once we get all the facts, we will come out with a release on the incident,” Mr. Alonge said. “But one thing is clear, the helicopter did not come under enemy fire. It has nothing to do with the enemy.”

Another chopper on surveillance mission had on Monday crashed at Damare also in Girei Local Government.

The defence Headquarters later confirmed the crash saying however that no one died in the incident.

News of the latest helicopter crash came about two months after a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet, went missing during routine operations in the northern part of Adamawa State.

The Nigerian Air Force aircraft went missing on September 12.

The aircraft, an Alpha Jet (NAF 466) was involved in the counter insurgency operation against the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The whereabouts of the missing Alpha Jet had become a subject of conjectures following the inability of the Nigeria Air Force to tell Nigerians what actually happened to the fighter jet.

Boko Haram insurgents later claimed shooting the aircraft down in a video in which they appeared to slaughter one of the pilots of the missing jet.

But last week, local fishermen claimed they found wreckages of the jet in the River Benue.

The fishermen said they found the aircraft at Kwa Ine Village, Demsa Local Government, about 50 kilometers away from Yola, the Adamawa state capital.


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  • amazing2012

    Cursed government, upon the religiosity every thing they do is failure. 5 crashes of military helicopters in just few months while hunters are making wonderful job. Shame !

  • Ayinde

    This tells of the level of compromise & complicity within the militarily. They are possibly out to destroy the Military. If local hunters could a chieve such milestones then what has happened to the military.

    • wode

      Can’t you see that the Government is out to curtail the effort of the vigilante group again? It was just less than 48hrs after the success story of the gallant intervention of the local group broke out to the public that we heard Government announcing the restriction on the activities of the vigilante groups. It was the same thing that happened in Borno. At times, you get confused as to the role, interest and sincerity of this Government. Instead of the group to be encouraged, it’s the policy to stop their support activity against Boko Haram that the Government start to launch. It’s now a case of the more you look the less you see and the more you get confused!

  • Okemute1

    This is clearly a case of lack of maintainance and corruption. My country is very sick!

  • D-ONE

    the military are in shambles!!!! no true leadership!!!! seems the old boys should return!

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  • Nwokolo

    Let him that have ear hear. Corruption and ineptitude has eaten us raw. Until we make up our minds to elect majority of our symbols of this fight across board, it continues to be a merry-go round. Pls get your PVC,educate others listen to your spirit and make sure you vote for whoever your innermost being tells you represents your symbol of this tough battle against corruption. Leave out emotions,cos for now the chips are down Cheers

  • warry

    The hunters may all not be hunters after all. This is war not a joke please. It is necessary to review what is causing the crashes

  • ofonime Daniel Imoh

    That’s the news we keep hearing everyday. No wonder the American government has refused to sell arms to us. How will you continue to make the same mistake all the time without proper precaution .

    • wode

      You call it mistake? I didn’t even know that Nigerian Government has an unmanned helicopter. Why would a helicopter crash, burst into flame and they tell us that nobody died there? It’s also reported that the 2 helicopters, of which one of them crashed, were moving without any light on at some minutes past 9:00 pm in a war zone. Something fishy is definitely going on. This Government is deceiving us.

  • Baba Jada

    planes don’t just crash one after the other. It is possible this is an act of sabotage. It is very evident the people in charge don’t want an end to the boko Haram crisis for their own selfish gains so this is not something surprising.

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      Baba Jada, you just spoke my mind.

  • Atom Ant

    These crashes are clear cases of sabotage. Someone somewhere is sure profiting from these. Just remember that the losses suffered by the families of pilots sent on these “missions to Kala” are irreparable.

  • MushinSpeaks

    How many more will crash before we admit we are at war?

  • Kitunde

    Students still in school, hostels? I think this is kinda dumb there is no security up there!

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  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    Before now, GEJ and his kitchen cabinet were blaming opposition for their failure to curb Boko Haram. They are now blaming another country i.e. USA for their failure. GEJ is not fit to lead a home let alone a complex country like Nigeria. He does not see anything wrong with his actions or inactions, only to blame everyone else for his failure…shame!

  • Chris1408

    Incompetence, the tokunbo they bought from Belarus are falling from the sky, it’s not even three months since they’re purchased. In 2014, Nigeria is buying Soviet union era helicopters.

  • nnadoris

    I still believe north’s are behind all dis