A Nigerian Air Force helicopter, on Thursday, crashed into water in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria’s northeast.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who confirmed the incident on Thursday, said the Agusta 106 Light Utility Helicopter suffered a technical mishap before the incident.
He, however, assured that there was no loss of lives, adding that the pilots ditched the aircraft to minimise damage.
The statement read, “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Agusta 109 Light Utility Helicopter has suffered a mishap while undertaking a liaison mission targeted at further enhancing the synergy between the Nigerian Army and the NAF in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North East.
“The incident, which occurred today, 6 July 2017, was as a result of an airborne technical fault with the helicopter.
“The experienced NAF pilots, however, successfully ditched the helicopter into a pool of water to minimize damage and loss of lives.
“Consequently, there were neither any injuries nor loss of lives to anyone on board 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 while efforts are ongoing to recover the helicopter and members of the board are already in Maiduguri to commence work.
“The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”