Kaduna: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Not Helicopter Crashed, NAF Clarifies

Kaduna: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Not Helicopter Crashed,  NAF Clarifies
  • PublishedJuly 1, 2024

Contrary to reports of an helicopter crash in Kaduna on earlier Monday, 1st July 2024, the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has clarified that it was its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that experienced a mishap.

Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, he Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, made the clarification in a statement on Monday.

He said, “Be informed that no helicopter crash occurred. Instead, a NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) experienced a mishap after take-off for a mission, at a location near Rumji Village and about 15 Km from Base.”

The statement explained that since it is an unmanned vehicle, there were no casualties on board or on ground.

“Preliminary investigation has since commenced to ascertain what may have caused the mishap,” the statement added.

He stressed that Nigerians can be rest assured that the minor setback would not, in anyway, impinge on all ongoing operations.

“It should also be pointed out that the propensity to always rush to press in the name of ‘breaking news’ without a hold of the complete facts should be discouraged.

“This attitude should be discouraged as it negates the principle of developmental journalism, balanced reporting and fairness,” the statement further noted.

The NAF spokesman urged the media to always seek clarification from relevant authorities before reporting issues concerning the military.

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