Nigerian Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Borno, Two confirmed dead.

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission has crashed, the Defence Headquaters has said.
The helicopter crashed Monday afternoon due to technical fault at a location South of Bama, Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES.

Two of the three crew members aboard the Nigerian Air Force helicopter that crashed in Bama on Monday have been confirmed dead, the Defence Headquarters has said.

In a statement Monday night, the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, said three crew members were aboard the aircraft when it crashed.

He said while one, a pilot, was rescued alive, another pilot as well as a technician died in the accident.
Mr. Olukolade did not say whether there were other passengers aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Mr. Olukolade, a Major General, said investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances leading to the accident.

He however said the accident was not a result “of any enemy action”.

Further details on the crash, Mr. Olukolade said, would be made known as investigation progresses.

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

The Nigerian military has continued to launch ground and aerial assaults on the area to crush the terrorists.

The Boko Haram sect has killed more than 12,000 people since it began its insurgency about five years ago.

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