The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the Alpha Jet aircraft that went off the radar days ago may have crashed with the cause unknown and that of the whereabouts of the pilots.
The NAF475 jet which had two pilots, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele on board was declared missing by the Air Force on March 31.
A statement on Friday by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, however expressed hope that the crew will be found soon and rescued.
The statement read: “Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed.
“The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.
“Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on the ground.
“At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued”.