– Report that one of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft crash landing at an airport in Akure Airport has been described as false
– Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF spokesman explained that there was no accident involving one of its aircraft heading for Owerri, Imo state,
– Gabkwet stated this in reaction to a report alleging that a NAF ATR 42 crash-landed a week before the plane crash that claimed the lives of 11 military officers
The report has been described as fake, aimed at tarnishing the good image of NAF at all costs.
Legit.ng gathers that this clarification was made by the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Monday, May 31.
According to him, NAF remains focused as it carries out its constitutional role of defending the country alongside sister services and other security agencies.
Leadership reports that an online medium alleged that a Nigerian Air Force ATR 42 aircraft heading to Owerri, Imo State, to aid military operations crash-landed in the Ondo state capital.
The report further claimed that military authorities covered up the incident to avoid national embarrassment.
DHQ speaks on plane crash that killed COAS, others
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has opened up on the cause of the plane crash that resulted in the death of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers on Friday, May 21.
According to Onyema Nwachukwu, defence spokesman, although the incident is still being investigated, the crash occurred after the aircraft landed at the Kaduna International Airport following bad weather conditions.
However, Nwachukwu via the DHQ’s verified Twitter page disclosed that General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to ascertain remote and immediate causes of the tragedy.