NAF helicopter crash-lands in Katsina

A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed on Wednesday , Democracy Day, while trying to land at the domestic airport in Katsina State .
The helicopter , which is one of the air assets deployed for Operation Hadaran Daji, was returning from an anti – banditry mission in the North – West theatre when it crashed at the airport.

The airport , Umaru Musa Yar ’ Adua Airport , is located off Daura- Katsina Road in the state .
According to the air force , the incident occurred around 3 . 30 pm and the details it had on the crash were still sketchy .
The military added that there was no loss of life, “ either of persons on board the helicopter or on the ground . ”

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information , Air Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, who confirmed the crash in a release , said the Chief of the Air Staff , Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar , had directed the constitution of a Board of Inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident .
Daramola said , “ A NAF helicopter has crashed in the process of landing while returning from an anti – banditry combat mission in the North – West Theatre under Operation Hadaran Daji. Details of the incident , which occurred at the Katsina Airport , are still scanty. However , there was no loss of life, either of persons on board the helicopter or on the ground .

“ The Chief of the Air Staff has immediately directed the constitution of a Board of Inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident . The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. ”
Our correspondent learnt that the helicopter is one of about eight fighter aircraft deployed to the region to combat the bandits . There are at least two Mi – 35 M attack helicopters and Agusta 109 platforms in the fleet .

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