A Nigerian Air Force jet has crashed in Kaduna State, according to Sun News.
The plane, an AlfaJet, was claimed to have taken off from Yola, Adamawa’s capital, for anti-banditry operations before colliding with one of the communities.
At the time of reporting this storey, there was no word on the status of the crew on board the plane.
As word of the crash filtered in, a top NAF officer who did not want to be named in public told the Daily Sun that the NAF base in Yola was already in mourning mode.
“I can tell you authoritatively that a NAF Alfa Jet has crashed in Kaduna,” the source stated, however the NAF has yet to confirm the disaster. The jet took off from Yola on its way to Kaduna to conduct anti-bandit operations.
“We don’t know the condition of the crew on board right now, but a search team has left for the crash location. The Air Force base in Yola is currently in mourning, as this crash has become too much for the NAF; the authorities must act, even if it means going spiritual, for this is not a regular occurrence.”
The source was noticeably upset by the disaster, which occurred less than a month after the one in Kaduna that killed the former chief of army staff and eleven others.
When contacted, Air Comodore Edward Gabkwet, the director of public relations and information, promised to respond but did not at the time of reporting this article.
Recall that in May, serving Army Chief Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and several officers were killed in an air tragedy.
Details will be provided later.
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