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Osinbajo: Crashed Helicopter not from NAF

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has dismissed media reports that the crashed Augusta AW139 Helicopter conveying the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, belonged to the…

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has dismissed media reports that the crashed Augusta AW139 Helicopter conveying the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, belonged to the NAF or was from the 011 Presidential Air Fleet (011 PAF).

The helicopter which crashed around 1.30 pm on the February 2, in Kabba, Kogi State has raised concerns over safety measures and the cause of the crash.

NAF spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a statement yesterday said,  “some unscrupulous/undiscerning individuals have even gone so far as to circulate a video showing the crash landing of a military helicopter, from an unrelated incident, which neither occurred in Nigeria nor involved NAF or 011 PAF aircraft, portraying it as the one that crashed in Kabba.”

He said, “The NAF wishes to state categorically that the helicopter that crashed in Kabba does not belong to the NAF or 011 PAF. The owners/operators of the civilian helicopter, Messrs Caverton Helicopters, have already issued a statement on the matter.”

He said, “In addition, the military Dauphin Helicopter, painted in desert camouflage colour, seen in the video circulating on social media does not belong to the NAF and should not be misrepresented as belonging to the NAF.”

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