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Presidential aircraft handed over to Air Force crashes

24 November 2016, 12:04

Makurdi - One of the Presidential aircrafts handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, the Agusta AW 101 has crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi.

The helicopter which was reconfigured for military operations reportedly crashed due to poor handling by the crew, reports Daily Post

The helicopter crashed less than a month after the Nigerian Air Force took delivery of it from the Presidency.

It was gathered that no life was lost in the crash.

News24 recalls that the Presidency had on October 10, 2016 handed over two aircrafts from the presidential fleet to the Nigerian Air Force.

The two helicopters were acquired by the federal government on October 20, 2014 and May 21, 2015 respectively, according to Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE).

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has, however, denied the report that one of the aircraft crashed, reports Daily Trust

Spokesperson of NAF, Group Captain Dele Famuyiwa said that the aircraft was not involved in a crash but an incidence of little effect.

“It was not a crash. I wouldn’t call it a crash because it just fell on the ground in Makurdi.”

Famuyiwa said that the incidence was not in away a result of low training and skill of crew member as the same crew which managed the aircraft at the presidency still manage the aircraft at the Air Force base.

- News 24

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