Senate Mandates Committees To Probe Nigerian Air Force Jet, Copter Crashes

SenateThursday’s crash of a Air Force helicopter in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and that of a fighter jet in Niger Republic will be investigated by the Senate Committee on Nigerian Air Force,.

Making the Senate’s position known in a statement in Abuja yesterday, committee chair,  Senator Saidu Ahmed Alkali (PDP, Gombe), said the leadership of the Senate has directed his committee, that of Navy and Aviation to investigate the causes of the recent air crashes involving the Nigerian Air Force.

According to him, the three committees had been jointly mandated to investigate the crash of the Alpha Jet involved in peace keeping operations in Mali and that of a copter Gunship in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Alkali, in the statement, also commiserated with President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh and the Nigerian Armed Forces on the death of two Air Force pilots in the Niger Republic air mishap.

He also extended the Senate’s condolence to families of the late Air Force personnel; Squadron Leader Benjamin Ado and Flying OfficerAyuba Joab Layeimenson.