The Nigerian military has insisted that none of its planes is involved in any crash in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, or in any other location in the country on Friday.
“I have spoken with the commander of our fleet in Yola and he said all our planes are intact, that they are not involved in any accident, ” the spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, an Air Commodore, told PREMIUM TIMES.
The Director of Military Information at the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, spoke along the same line.
“I do not have any information at this point that any of our planes is involved in an accident,” Mr. Olukolade told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone.
The Nigerian aviation authorities also said they were not aware of any crash within Nigeria’s territory today.
“I have called people in Yola, I have interacted with the control tower and so far all those who should know said they are not aware of any crash,” said Yakubu Datti, General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria [FAAN]. “We don’t know where the story of the plane crash came from.”
There had been widespread reports (not in PREMIUM TIMES) that another military chopper crashed in the Damare suburb of Yola, not far from the location where a military helicopter came down about three weeks ago.