The Nigerian Air force has debunked a report that one of its fighter jet crashed.
The report had said that “the fighter jet left Yola, the Adamawa capital, this morning to go clear bandits,” the informant said.
The story raised a lot of furore among Nigerians who were left wondering what was happening to the Nigerian Air force for it to have recorded three air crashes in the past few months.
However, Air Force director of public relations and information (DOPRI), Air Commodre Edward Gabkwet said, “no crash in Kaduna, no aircraft left Yola for Kaduna. I am making contact and awaiting information from other locations.”
Deadly plane crashes in military operations had raised concerns over safety of the airspace in general.
Prior to last NAF203 plane crash that killed the Chief of Army Staff and 10 others, a similar Beechcraft King350 airplane (NAF201) had crashed in February killing all eight officers onboard.
Few months ago, a Nigerian Airforce fighter jet was declared missing and suspected to have crashed. While Boko Haram claimed to have shot it down, the military spoke in denial.