NAF UAV Crashes in Kaduna, Not Helicopter 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has clarified that an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, not a helicopter, crashed in Kaduna State. 

The incident occurred near Rumji Village, approximately 15 km from the NAF Base, shortly after takeoff. 

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, issued a statement refuting earlier media reports of a helicopter crash. 

“Contrary to reports on social media as well as on a handful of traditional media outlets that a NAF helicopter had crashed in Kaduna earlier today, 1 July 2024, be informed that no helicopter crash occurred, he said.

He emphasized that a UAV was involved in the mishap and that no casualties were reported.

“Instead, an 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.

“Since it is an unmanned vehicle, there were no casualties on board or the ground. Preliminary investigation has since commenced to ascertain what may have caused the mishap. Nigerians can rest assured that this minor setback will not, in any way, 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 hold of the complete facts should be discouraged in its entirety.

“While the news of the crash filtered in, some outlets had misinformed Nigerians that a helicopter had crashed without the decency to clarify from the NAF. This attitude should be discouraged as it negates the principle of developmental journalism, balanced reporting and fairness.

“Members of the media are again advised to always seek clarification from authorized military outlets before rushing to ‘break’ the news.”


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