Saturday, 29 August 2015

Nigeria Air Force helicopter crash many feared dead.

The US refused to sell Cobra Helicopters to Nigeria because they do not trust Nigeria's ability to maintain it.

A yet unknown number of people are feared dead in a deadly crash involving an helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on Saturday.

A military insider said the helicopter took off at the Nigeria Air Force base in Kaduna and crashed into the nearby Ribadu cantonment shortly after take-off.
All passengers and crew are feared dead.
Some reports said there were three passengers and four crew members on board but that could not be immediately confirmed.
The helicopter, officials said, was on a training flight and was heading to Abuja before it crashed.
The cause of the crash remained unclear, but officials say they are suspecting engine failure.
The spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, confirmed the incident.
Mr. Alonge, an air commodore, however said he would provide more details on the incident later.
The accident occurred about two weeks after a Bristow Helicopter flying from an oil rig in Escravos, Delta State, with two crew members and ten passengers, crashed into the Lagos lagoon.
Six people were rescued and taken to hospital in that accident while the pilot, the co-pilot and four passengers died.

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