Farmers Claim Sighting Missing NAF Fighter Jet

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Local farmers in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State yesterday claimed to have seen a low-flying aircraft that may have crashed at a place near Gabun, a mountainous village in the local council, three days ago.

In a statement Sunday, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) had declared an Alfa jet, which was on a regular mission in the campaign to flush out terrorists in the North-east, missing after contact could not be established with the crew.

The statement, which was issued by the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said the aircraft, with two pilots on board, left Yola at 10.45am on Friday on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12 noon.

He said: “Since then, all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result.”

He added that search and rescue efforts were being carried out to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft and the crew.

DHQ sources also informed said that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had not yet established if the fighter jet was shot down by Boko Haram terrorists or flew into a sand storm, which might have affected visibility for the crew and led to an accident.

The sources said this could only be ascertained when the aircraft is traced and an investigation is carried out to ascertain why it disappeared from the radar.

However, as the NAF intensifies its search for the aircraft, farmers in Gabun village in Gombi Local Government claimed Thursday that they saw a “low-flying jet” matching the description of the missing Alpha jet after its disappearance on Friday

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