Nigeria military intensifies search for missing aircraft

File Photo: Nigeria Air Force Alpha Jets.... One of them declared missing. Photo Credit: via google
File Photo: Nigeria Air Force Alpha Jets.... One of them declared missing. Photo Credit: via google

The Nigerian military on Monday in Abuja said it has intensified its search for its missing Air Force plane.

This was stated by the Chief of Air Staff, Ademola Amosun, after a meeting at the Presidential Villa.

The Nigerian Air Force aircraft, an Alpha Jet, NAF 466, involved in a counter insurgency operation against the Boko Haram terrorist group, went missing on Friday.

The military had, in a statement early Sunday, confirmed that the jet went missing while on a mission in Adamawa State.

The military said the aircraft left Yola at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon but never returned to base.

It also said that efforts to establish contact with the aircraft did not yield any positive result.

However, late Sunday, rumours emanated that the jet had been found in an Adamawa community called Lala, Gombi Local Government Area, a report the Air Force said was not true.

Mr. Amosun, an Air Marshal, said that contrary to reports the aircraft was yet to be sighted.

He commended public effort in helping the military in its search, although he said the information so far provided by the villagers, who claimed to have seen the aircraft, were not sufficient. He also blamed an unfavourable weather condition for a slow search.

“The weather has not been helpful as we have deployed all our surveillance capability, the citizens have been very, very helpful and we have gotten good information from them. But the information we are getting from the citizens are good but not sufficient enough for us to define the area of search,” he said.

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