Armed ViolenceNews

Air Force Pilot Rescued After Enemy Fire Led To Alpha Jet Crash In Zamfara

According to the Air force, the pilot came under intense enemy fire while returning from a combat mission.

Nigerian Air Force pilot forced to eject on Sunday, Jul 18, from a light attack Alpha jet after coming under intense enemy fire has been rescued by the military.

HumAngle had earlier reported that the Alpha jet crashed in Kuyambana game reserve in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.

According to a statement by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, the Alpha jet was returning from an air interdiction mission when the incident happened.

“On 18 July 2021, at about 12:46 p.m., a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna states, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State,” Gabkwet explained.

The statement added that the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, was ejected from the aircraft and sought refuge in nearby settlements.

“Accordingly, NAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and helicopter gunships provided close air support to NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops who were able to locate the crash site and the pilot’s parachute,” Gabkwet said.

He added that “while also combing nearby locations for any sign of the pilot, it is gladdening to note that while in hiding, Flight Lieutenant Dairo confirmed that the presence of NAF aircraft within the vicinity of the crash site helped in scaring the bandits who were after him, thus enabling him to find refuge and escape to a safe location.”

HumAngle understands that the pilot  was ‘winged’ in July 2017, after  completing specialised pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas in the United States of America.

The pilot received training on the T-6 Texan ii and T-38 Talon aircraft types in the US.

The statement from Gabkwet also disclosed that the Air Force, in conjunction with surface forces, has in the last two weeks conducted day and night air interdiction operations against terrorists also known locally as bandits.


Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means without proper attribution to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement.

Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button
Translate »