THE Nigeria Air force, Mi-35 Helicopter, said to be on a training mission, crashed Monday afternoon at a location South of Bama, according to Mr. Olukolade.
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.
He only said rescue operation was ongoing.
Mr. Olukolade’s initial statement did not say whether anyone was
killed or injured in 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”, saying it was due to a technical fault.
Bama is one of the locations in Borno state 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.