The Nigerian Air Force on Friday, April 2, gave an important update on the missing Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) which lost radar on Wednesday, March 31.
Without giving a specific location, NAF on its Facebook page said the aircraft might have been involved in a crash.
The force, however, said it knows nothing about the cause of the accident and that the pilots, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele are still missing.
Moreover, NAF said extensive search and rescue efforts by its surveillance aircraft and special forces are still underway.
The post partly read:
“The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.
“Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on ground.
“At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.”