Pilot survives Nigerian fighter plane crash fighting bandits

Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo with Chief of the Defense Staff Lucky Irabor and other military officials.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has revealed how one of its pilots survived a plane crash after a bandit attack on the Zamfara and Kaduna state borders.

In a statement signed Monday by the director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the pilot identified as Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo survived after successfully ejecting himself from the aircraft. plane.

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On July 18, 2021, at around 12:45 p.m., a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft returning from a successful no-fly mission between the borders of Zamfara and Kaduna State, was targeted by Intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State. .

Fortunately, the brave pilot of the plane, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, ejected successfully from the plane.

“Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under heavy fire from the bandits on the ground, was able to escape them and sought refuge in neighboring settlements while waiting for the sun to set,” the statement said in part.

Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo survived after successfully ejecting from the plane.

He added that the pilot managed to escape the strongholds of several bandits using the cover of darkness and his phone for navigation and made his way to a Nigerian army unit, where he was ultimately rescued.

The NAF assured that despite the setback of the accident, it remained determined to fulfill the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the other constitutional roles assigned to him.

“The will, readiness and tested ability of the NAF remains unwavering and unwavering as it continues to fulfill the roles assigned to it,” said the NAF.

President Buhari had previously ordered the Nigerian armed forces to do whatever it takes to flush out criminal elements in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states.

SEE FULL NAF STATEMENT BELOW

ALPHA JET PLANE crashes in ZAMFARA state, pilot rescued

On July 18, 2021, at around 12:45 p.m., a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft returning from a successful no-fly mission between the borders of Zamfara and Kaduna State, was targeted by Intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State. . Fortunately, the valiant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft. Using his survival instinct, the pilot, who came under heavy gunfire on the ground from the bandits, was able to escape them and took refuge in neighboring settlements while waiting for the sun to set. Using the cover of darkness and his phone for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo managed to escape several bandit strongholds and maneuvered to a Nigerian army unit, where he was eventually rescued. .

It is instructive to note that upon receipt of the news of the accident, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, ordered that all efforts be made to save the pilot. As a result, NAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) combat platforms and helicopters provided close air support to NAF special forces and Nigerian army troops who were able to locate the site of the NAF. crash and the pilot’s parachute, while combing nearby locations for any signs of the pilot. It is heartening to note that while he was in hiding, Flight Lieutenant Dairo confirmed that the presence of NAF planes near the crash site helped frighten the bandits chasing him, allowing him so to find refuge and escape to a safe place.

It is also important to remember that it was only recently that the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, asked the Armed Forces of Nigeria to do all that was necessary. in their power to flush out criminal elements in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States. It is in execution of this directive that the NAF, in collaboration with the surface forces, organized during the last 2 weeks intensive operations of air interdiction by day and by night against the bandits and their hiding places, in particular in these 3 states. Thanks to these intensive air operations, hundreds of bandits were neutralized and several of their hiding places destroyed.

Despite the setback of yesterday’s accident, the NAF remains determined to fulfill the mandate of the President as well as the other constitutional roles assigned to him. The will, readiness and tested ability of the NAF remains unwavering and unwavering as it continues to fulfill the roles assigned to it.

Please bring the information to the attention of the general public. Thank you.

Edouard Gabkwet

Air Commodore

Director of Public Relations and Information

Nigerian Air Force

July 19, 2021

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