Missing Air Force Crew Member Found Alive

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The Defence Headquarters said on Wednesday that the engineer crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter earlier declared missing had been found alive.

This information is contained in a statement issued by Maj-.Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information.

The statement said the crew member earlier declared missing when his body could not be located in the vicinity of the crash scene, resurfaced at the military headquarters in Maiduguri.

“It is thus confirmed that Flt.- Lt. N.M. Halilu, Co-Pilot, and Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, the aircraft technician, survived the crash

“Flight Lieutenant Onyeka Nwakile was the only one lost in the crash and the family of the officer has been duly informed,’’ it said.

The statement also said that the two survivors were in stable condition and receiving medical attention.

It said that search and rescue operation on the incident had been concluded, but that investigation into the crash would continue.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter on a training mission crashed South of Bama in Borno on July 21.

The defence headquarters attributed the mishap to a technical fault. [NAN]

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