The Nigerian Air Force on July 18 announced that one of its Alpha jets was shot down after coming under intense fire by bandits operating between Kaduna and Zamfara states.
The crash brings to four the number of military aircraft that crashed in the last one year.
Irabor, who met the pilot in company with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, before proceeding to a meeting with military veterans in the North-west, commended the pilot for the gallantry and bravery he demonstrated in the fight against banditry.
According to NAF spokesman, ”Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.”
Below is photos of the brave pilot Dairo Adebayo:
There have been several plane crashes this year involving military jets, however this is the first the Nigerian Air Force has attributed to bandits.
In May, the Nigerian Army chief, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, was killed, along with 10 other officers, in a plane crash.
A month earlier, an Alpha Jet crashed in the state of Borno – one of the areas where Boko Haram militants are most active.
However, the military denied it was the result of terrorist activity.
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