NAF helicopter crashes in Port Harcourt


A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter crashed in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State, on Friday morning.null

The incident was confirmed in a statement by NAF spokesman, Edward Gabkwet.

According to Gabkwet no life was lost but minor injuries were sustained.

“Fortunately, the entire crew of five survived the crash with very minor injuries and are currently being attended to at NAF Medical Centre Port Harcourt.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, is currently en route Port Harcourt to access the situation for himself, see to the wellbeing of the crew and give further directives,” the statement partly read.

It was gathered that the helicopter with the number NAF MI-35P crashed at exactly 7.45 am shortly after it took off for an operation against economic saboteurs in Rivers State.

In August 2023, NAF MI-171 Helicopter crashed near Chukuba Village in Niger State, leaving casualties behind.

The Helicopter was on a casualty evaluation mission before the incident.

Also, in 2021, at least 20 military officers died within three months in three crashes involving NAF jets.

Then Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others were onboard a NAF Beach Craft 350 aircraft that crashed on May 21, 2021 near the Kaduna International Airport. All the 11 military personnel died in the tragic accident.

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