-Names of Pilots Missing on Jet Released by NAF

The Names of Pilots that went Missing with the Alpha Jet Aircraft during an operation in the Northern Part of the Country on the 31st of March, 2021 has been released by the NAF (Nigerian Air Force).

The Director of Public Relations and Information at the Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwet released a statement where he said that according to intelligence reports, the Aircraft might have crashed and that the whereabout of the aircraft remains unknown.

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He gave the names of the missing pilots as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.

He said :

”Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 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.

Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on ground.

At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.”