A Mi-17 attack helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force has crashed in the North-East during a counter-Boko Haram insurgency operation.
The aircraft crashed on Monday, with the air force saying the helicopter suffered “significant damage.”
Our correspondent learnt that no life was lost during the incident, but the number of the injured persons could not yet be ascertained.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, who confirmed the crash, noted that no life was lost.
He said, “The Mi-17 helicopter suffered a mishap while undertaking a mission in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North-East. The incident, which occurred on Monday, resulted in significant damage to the helicopter. There was, however, no loss of lives as a result of the incident.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident, in line with global best practices. The NAF solicits the support of the public as it strives to ensure the security of Nigeria.”
Our correspondent learnt that in the operation against the Boko Haram insurgents around the Sambisa Forest, Borno State, the air force deployed at least two attack helicopters and two Alpha Jets which bombed scores of the insurgents last Friday.