Missing NAF fighter jet crashes, fate of two pilots onboard unknown

Information gathered by JustNewsline(JNL) on Friday morning has it that the missing Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet has crashed.

The crash of the jet was confirmed few minutes ago by the Director of Public Relations and Information Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodre Edward Gabkwet in a social media post.

According to post, the fate of the two pilots above the jet is unknown but the NAF search team are on a mission to find them.

“Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed.

The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele,” the post read in part.

It was gathered that the fighter jet with two crew members lost contact with radar around 5pm on Wednesday.

It was on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in Borno State, where Boko Haram is hottest.