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BREAKING: Nigerian Air Force finally confirms jet crash, pilot rescued

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The Nigerian Air Power (NAF) has lastly confirmed the crash of an Alpha jet that occurred on Sunday.

Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Info issued a press release on Monday.

DAILY POST first reported the crash that occurred between 12 midday and I:30 pm yesterday. The report was initially denied by NAF.

The total NAF launch under…

“On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Power (NAF) Alpha Jet plane, coming back from a profitable air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, got here underneath intense enemy fireplace which led to its crash in Zamfara State.

“Fortunately, the gallant pilot of the plane, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, efficiently ejected from the plane. Utilizing his survival instincts, the pilot, who got here underneath intense floor fireplace from the bandits, was in a position to evade them and sought refuge in close by settlements awaiting sundown.

“Utilizing the quilt of darkness and his telephone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was in a position to elude a number of bandits’ strongholds and maneuvered his approach to a Nigerian Military Unit, the place he was lastly rescued.

“It’s instructive to notice that upon receipt of the information of the crash, the Chief of Air Employees, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, had directed that each one efforts have to be emplaced to rescue the pilot.

“Accordingly, NAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and helicopter gunships offered shut air help to NAF Particular Forces and Nigerian Military troops who have been in a position to find the crash website and the pilot’s parachute, whereas additionally combing close by areas for any signal of the pilot.

“It’s gladdening to notice that whereas in hiding, Flight Lieutenant Dairo confirmed that the presence of NAF plane throughout the neighborhood of the crash website helped in scaring the bandits who have been after him, thus enabling him to seek out refuge and escape to a secure location.

“You will need to additionally recall that solely just lately, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, had directed the Armed Forces of Nigeria to do all it takes to flush out legal components in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States.

“It’s in fulfilment of this directive that the NAF, along with floor forces, has within the final 2 weeks mounted intensive day and night time air interdiction operations in opposition to bandits and their hideouts, particularly in these 3 states.

“By way of these intensive air operations, lots of of bandits have been neutralized and a number of other of their hideouts destroyed. Regardless of the setback of yesterday’s crash, the NAF stays dedicated in the direction of fulfilling Mr President’s mandate in addition to different constitutional roles assigned to it.

“The willingness, readiness and examined potential of the NAF stays unshaken and unwavering because it continues to hold out its assigned roles.”

Jet crash: Flight Officer recognized, NAF prepares official response

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