The authority of the Nigerian Air Force, NPF, on Friday , disclosed that the Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has temporarily relocated to Port Harcourt over an (NAF) MI-35P helicopter that crashed in Port Harcourt today, 1 December 2023.
BIGPEN NIGERIA (https://bigpenngr.com) reports that the unfortunate incident occurred at about 7.45am shortly after the helicopter took off for an operation against economic saboteurs in Rivers State.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information,
Nigerian Air Force headquarters who confirmed the development in a statement, said that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, is currently enroute Port Harcourt to access the situation for himself, see to the wellbeing of the crew and give further directives.
Air Commodore Gabkwet, said the entire crew of 5 luckily survived the crash with very minor injuries and are currently being attended to at NAF Medical Centre Port Harcourt.
He said that incident of this nature was yet again a grim reminder of the dangers associated with military flying and the risks NAF pilots and technicians experience in their onerous tasks of defending our nation and deterring criminal elements from their nefarious activities”.