Less than 48 hours after an Alpha jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force crashed near Niamey in Niger Republic, killing two pilots, an Air Force helicopter has crashed in Port Harcourt. The crash which occurred at the NAF Base in Port Harcourt.
Street Journal gathered that the helicopter was already in descent when the pilot lost control causing it to crash land. The chopper, a gunship apparently carried ammunition as the crash sent off sparks and explosions. Men of the fire service responded promptly and were already on the scene at the time of filing the report, battling to subdue the fire.
This is the second crash involving a Nigerian military helicopter in 5 months. It will be recalled that Nigeria’s former Security Adviser, Gen Patrick Owoye Azazi and Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State died when a military chopper conveying them from a function crashed last December.
Officials of the Nigerian Air Force have however stated that the chopper, an MI 24 B did not crash, but rather, it made an emergency landing. The Deputy Director of Public Relations of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain “there was no casualty as all the crew members came out unhurt”. He also disclosed that the Chief of Air Staff has constituted a team of experts to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident.