The Nigerian Air Force on Friday said that the missing Alpha Jet aircraft which disappeared from the radar on Wednesday may have crashed.
The force also stated that the whereabouts of the two pilots, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele, remain unknown.
In a statement on Friday by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the situation of the two pilots, efforts to locate the aircratf are on.
The statement reads, “Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with two crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed.
“The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the two 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 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.”