Nigerian Military confirms three dead in helicopter crash

Three people died in the helicopter crash which happened on Thursday night around the Federal University of Technology in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, the Nigerian military has said.

The military said in a  terse statement posted on Defence Headquarters blog  the victims were crew members aboard the helicopter.

“At about 2200hours yesterday 13 November 2014, a ground attack helicopter on an armed patrol crashed around the Federal University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State,” the military said in the statement.

“The crew of 3 was lost in the ill-fated accident.  Rescue party worked throughout the night to preserve the wreckage of the aircraft and scene of the accident for proper investigation to be carried out.  Further details would be made known later.”

The helicopter crashed less than three days after another one on surveillance mission went down in Damare, a suburb of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa state. No life was lost in that incident.

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, an Air Commodore, had confirmed the Thursday night’s incident to PREMIUM TIMES.

He however stressed, “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 said 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.

PRNigeria, an agency that distributes press statements for Nigerian security agencies, said Friday that “since the Boko Haram campaign of terror commenced in full scale in the North East states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, the Nigerian Air Force has flown at least 6,000 missions in efforts to rid the zone of insurgency”.

It added, “The missions, aiming to decimate, degrade, destabilise and demoralise the Boko Haram terrorists with a view to completely curtailing their freedom of actions, comprised ground attacks platforms, mission on ATR-42, Beechcraft air surveillance platform, airlift missions using the G-222 and the C-130H.

“Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, said at a recent forum at the University of Ibadan that the scope of the operations included airlift of troops and equipment, rotation of forces, battlefield interdiction, casualty evacuation, air surveillance, and armed reconnaissance missions among other operations.”


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  • Cypo

    This is a Sabotage from enemies whithin. The Defence Ministry must investigate all the Engineers working and serving the Aircrafts. I am of the opinion that some elements in the Engineering section of the Air Force are responsible for this.

    • sunkani

      Think reasonably pls.
      Most of the helcopter and fighter we have in Nigeria that are being used for this war are the ones procured in seventies by Gawon & Murtala.
      Infact there is a report that non of this military fighter jets can be able to carry out a 3-hour operation on air.

      • Iyke

        For 38 wasted years the Aboki Heads of States from the north extraction did not see reasons to modernize the military, now they are putting the blame on GEJ. They are like fish out of water, frantically seeking for power even at the expense of their innocent brothers’ blood, so that they can continue wasting Nigerian resources. Funny enough, people who should know better, whose forefathers put them 50 years ahead of other Nigerians in enlightenment, who should be teaching others, are rather sheepishly joining hands with the Wasters to achieve their ambition, POWER, the only INDUSTRY the Wasters know.

    • Truthometer

      As usual, looking for excuses for failure. Maybe it’s APC or the American again. Right? Leadership, which is even lacking, without responsibilities is the hallmark of Dumbo’s administration and its sympathizes.

      • Otile

        Of course many Hausa Fulani Muslim high ranking officers are APC chieftains. The have every reason to carry out sabotage. They don’t want you to kill their boko haram relatives, they want to make Jonathan look bad, they want to rule Nigeria not be be ruled by a person from east of the Niger. Their elites vowed to make 9ja ungovernable for Jona. What else do you need?

  • Chris1408

    May their souls rest in peace. Our young people die daily due to the incompetence of our wicked rulers, who are procuring obsolete weapons to satisfy their greed.

  • PEOPLE

    THERE IS SABOTAGE AMONG THE ARMY. HAUSA/FULANI HAVE HIDDEN AGENDA. PLEASE SOUTHERNERS WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

    • Okey

      There is no sabotage. From the days of the evil genius till OBJ days the Nigerian army had been there to serve one man and one man alone – the Commander-in-chief. How ? The Nigerian military was starved of weapons in order to prevent coup against those governments. We have bee deluding ourselves with the success of our foreign operations – ECOMOG, etc – where we used weapons and equipment provided by the united Nations but now Boko Haram has exposed how unprotected we are. The press should imposed self-restraint on themselves, desist from seeing military human rights violation where it does not exist so that the West can allow us acquire relevant military weapons to route out Boko Haram. Otherwise …

  • growthengine

    This may back up the recent claim by America that our army is unable to operate and maintain some of these machines. They should take training more seriously, the best and brightest should be enlisted and trained, not my brother or someone from my village.

    • Chima

      Have you heard of “friendly fire”? If you have not check from the Pentagon how many of it they have had even during peace time. in the two years.

  • amazing2012

    PEOPLE, Please we have passed that stage of blaming tribe, ehhnicity or religion every body agree that the problem is from leadership of the country. Even if your claim is true, the government can fish them out but no body is punish for so many errs in this administration. If I may ask you, what will a helicopter be doing in the night with arms, without light for visibility? Patrol ? In the night ? And so far 5 aircrafts where lost, some claim to be in “traning” mission in war zone, another carrying 5white men with arms, another down by insurgence etc. prior to that, there are reports on helicopter dropping supplies to BH, war plane bomberding Nigeria military line instead of insurgence and non maintainance of the military equipment due high level of corruption among the military command structure.
    It’s the Jonathan bad luck that allows things to happen and possibly God exposing supplies of arms to insurgence at night. Jonathan has made he nation to be comfused and people like you to have sense of accusing others but the facts remain for him to act not stories every time he fails. He story of failutlre is enough by why do you allow to fail ?

    • warry

      Where there no military plane crashes before this administration even in peace times? If yes then stop talking what you know nothing about?

      • amazing2012

        Stop trying to use failure to qualify and justify failure. So if there is plane accident before must it continue.

      • Qur’an 2.256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”,
        yet Muhammad destroyed/desecrated all the idols of the Kaaba, all the idols
        of Arabia, except the Black-Stone (his choice idol).

        The Qur’an and Hadith doesn’t limit the expansion of Ummah al-Islamiyah, the lands
        over which Sharia’s Theocracy must be administered; in comparison to the
        Torah’s Theocracy over a specified land: Eretz YisraEl.

        I encourage you to read my article “Islam’s Jesus”, at my website, which is the name i’m using here

        • John

          You must be that cocaine addict Oritsejiofor who so much hates Islam and Muslims that he laundered cocaine money to South Africa in order to buy weapons used to kill Muslims in the northeast and Allah caught him red-handed.

        • Khalid

          Prophet Mohammad (SAW), does not act on his own. He act base on Allah’s command and the Black – Stone is being worshiped by the Muslims take note pls. Finally do your religion(Christians) and I do my religion(Muslims) a verse from the Qur’an, if we can build our way of life this way we won’t have any problem.

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  • favourtalk

    May their soul rest in peace. That’s what we get when we have clueless president in a country who couldn’t thrash the deadly evil congregation. We need a nigeria not a man and sentiment value. Nigeria need a change, we need a better man not this one

  • Adoki

    America refuse to sell weapons to us now, we complain. But the ones we have are either falling into the hands of the insurgents or droping like snow flakes from the skies. It is either that these pilots are so irredeeemably incompetent or the generals are chopping the money meant for the maintenance of these aircrafts.

  • Excisionist

    Sabotage by Hausa-Fulani jihadist officers in the Nigerian Air Force loyal to Boko Haram