Five Nigerian Air Force (NAF) crewmembers on board a Mi-35M helicopter have died after it crashed while providing close aerial support to troops of the 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State.
The tragedy occurred on Wednesday.
Their remains have since been recovered and moved to Maiduguri, according to Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information.
The crewmembers are Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob (Pilot-in-Command), Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas (Co-Pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (Flight Technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (Gunner), and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael (Gunner).
“The gallant fallen heroes made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our fatherland, for which the NAF and indeed the entire nation owe them an unending debt of gratitude,” Daramola said in a statement yesterday.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the families of the men, the statement stressed.