- An Airforce helicopter developed technical fault mid-air and crashed in the north east on Thursday
- To minimize damage and loss, the helicopter was successfully ditched into a pool of water
New details have emerged concerning the Nigeria Air Force helicopter that reportedly crashed into the water on Thursday, July 7.
NAIJ.com had reported that the aircraft, an Agusta 106 Light Utility Helicopter suffered a technical mishap, crashing into water.
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, the NAF director of public relations and information, who confirmed the incident on Thursday, July 6, said there was no loss of lives.
Adesanya added that the pilots ditched the aircraft to minimise damage.
He said: “The Chief of the Air Staff has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incidence."
In a tweet by Shagari Sambo, it was revealed that the helicopter was ditched into the water in order to minimise damage.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the Nigerian Air Force started a six (6) week-training for selected officers to help develop the capacity of their personnel to train others for force protection.
Officers of the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT) are in Nigeria to help train the pioneer officers who will in turn train other officers.
The six-week BMATT training programme for selected NAF personnel is aimed at developing the capacity of the personnel to train others for Force Protection in a complex environment.
Watch NAIJ.com video of the Nigerian Air force giving details of the battle against Boko Haram: