Nigerian Military declares soldier missing after helicopter crash

Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade

The military backtracked on its earlier position.

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The Nigerian military has declared one soldier missing after an air accident Monday involving a military helicopter in Borno State.

The military said it recovered the body of the pilot, while a technician also on board of the air force helicopter was declared “missing in action”.

The Nigerian Airforce, NAF, Mi-35 helicopter, said to have been on a training mission, crashed Monday afternoon at a location south of Bama, Borno State, according to defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade.

The military had concluded on Monday that both personnel died.

In an earlier statement, Mr. Olukolade said one of the pilots was recovered alive while the second, as well as the technician, on board the 3-member crew flight died.

But on Wednesday, Mr. Olukolade retracted, saying that only one body had been found.

“The body of the technician who is the third member of the crew is yet to be located. He is therefore declared Missing in Action until found,” Mr. Olukolade said.

He also said the crash was as a result of some technical fault and not an attack by an enemy. He however said that rescue mission is still ongoing.

Bama is one of the locations in Borno state where the extremist Boko Haram sect has intensified its terrorist activities.

The sect has killed more than 12,000 people since it began a bloody insurgency in 2009.


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