One of the Presidential jet which was recently handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, Agusta AW 101 has crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi, Benue state.
The crash is coming two months after President Buhari transferred the medium-lift helicopter specially designed for military operations from the Presidential fleet to the Nigerian Air Force.
According to reports, the jet crashed due to poor training of crew members saddled to man the operations of the aircraft.
A source disclosed that damages to the jet were significant but no life was lost.
No fatality but significant damage to aircraft considering the fact that they hardly do insurance in the military. The flight engineer was injured.
The aircraft, which is a large armoured helicopter cost about $21million each (N10.5billion) making it 130% more expensive than the average aircraft of its class.
Speaking on the crash, the Nigerian Air Force PRO, Group Captain Dele Famuyiwa denied the report that one of the aircraft crashed.
It was not a crash. I wouldn’t call it a crash because it just fell on the ground in Makurdi.
I can say maybe it was an incident. You know accident is a higher degree of incidence. It was just an occurrence that did not take any life or equipment. Cars can malfunction and the same thing with any machine.
He also said the accident was not as a result of low training and skill of crew member noting that the same crew had managed the aircraft at the presidency.