THERE are fears that an aircraft recently released from Presidential fleet and handed over to the Nigerian Air Force has crashed in Makurdi. The Nigerian Pilot learnt from an insider at Air Force base that the helicopter, Augusta AW101 crash landed. The source who pleaded not to be mentioned said it was not a major crash; what happened was that the helicopter had landed but suddenly moved up and tumbled. It was gathered that only the flight engineer was on board and did not sustain serious injury. When contacted, the Air Force Public Relation Officer, Makurdi, Okon Bassey feigned knowledge of the incident, claiming that he is on course in Lagos and promised to send the contact number of his assistant. The assistant who simply identified himself as Gambo said that nothing happened at the base, stressing “it’s all rumour; many people have been disturbing us concerning this thing but I can confirm to you that nothing happened.”

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