The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said early Thursday that one of its Alpha Jet involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province has lost radar contact in Borno State.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a statement on Thursday said the unspecified aircraft lost radar contact when on a mission on Wednesday evening.
He did not state how many people were on aboard the yet-to-be-found jet.
Gabkwet said the plane was “on routine mission in support of ground troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the Northern part of Nigeria”.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to locate its whereabouts. Details to follow”.
Gabkwet did not specify whether the aircraft was lost in the North east or Northwest or even the North central part of Nigeria.
The statement read, “A Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops.
“The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. The loss of radar contact occurred at about 5:08 pm on 31 March 2021.
“Details of the whereabout of the aircraft or likely cause of contact loss are still sketchy but will be relayed to the general public as soon as they become clear. Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing” he said.