NAF Crashed Helicopter Co-pilot and Engineer Declared Missing Found Alive


mi-35-afghanThe engineer crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter earlier declared missing has been found alive.

The crew member, who was declared missing when his body could not be located in the vicinity of the crash, resurfaced at the military headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday, having trekked through the bushes after the crash.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Defence of Information, Major Chris Olukolade, who had in an earlier statement on Wednesday declared the engineer missing.

Olukolade said in the statement: “It is thus confirmed that Flight Lieutenant NM Halilu, Co-Pilot and Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, the aircraft technician, survived the crash while Flight Lieutenant Onyeka Nwakile was the only one lost in the crash.

“The family of the officer has been duly informed while the two survivors are in stable condition but receiving medical attention.”

Olukolade said search and rescue operation on the incident has been concluded, while investigation into the crash continues.


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