A Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet involved in the fight against terrorism in the North lost radar contact in Borno on Wednesday.
According to NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Alpha Jet involved in anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province lost radar on Wednesday evening.
In a statement on Thursday, Gabkwet said search and rescue efforts were ongoing.
A radar system is the main air traffic control system used at airports to detect and display the presence and position of aircraft in the terminal area and the airspace around airports.
The statement titled ‘Nigerian Air Force Alpha-Jet Loses Radar Contact’, did not disclose the number of officers on board the Jet,
It 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.”
By Nigerian military standard, a jet is declared missing when it loses communication contact for more than 30 minutes.