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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tragic: Helicopter crash military crew members declared missing

Helicopter crash: Military declares crew member

The Defence Headquarters has declared a
technician described as the third member of the
three-man crew of the crashed Nigerian Air Force
Mi-35 Helicopter, missing in action.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen.
Chris Olukolade, said in an electronic mail on
Wednesday that only one body had been recovered
from the crash site.

He said that the rescue team was still combing the
neighbourhood of the crash site for the missing
crew member.

He said, “Only one body has so far been recovered
from the site of the crashed Air Force helicopter.
“The body of the technician who is the third
member of the crew is yet to be located. He is
therefore declared missing in action until found.

Gcu team continues the search in the vicinity
of the scene of the accident.”
Olukolade had said in a statement on July 21 that
the military helicopter was on a training mission
when it crashed because of a technical fault at a
location south of Bama, Borno State.
He stressed that the crash was not as a result of
enemy action.

The Defence spokesman had earlier said that the
pilot of the helicopter was rescued alive while the
second pilot died in the crash.
He also said in the earlier statement that the
technician also died in the crash.

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