The pilot was Flight Lieutenant Chapele Ebiakpo.
THISDAY source said last night that the jet, which took off from Maiduguri Airport, crashed five minutes after take-off at an estimated altitude of 15,000 feet, explaining that at that height, no missile by Boko Haram could have hit and brought it down.
“Given what we have seen, the jet could not have been hit by any missile. It must have been caused by a technical fault that would be revealed by ongoing investigations,” he said.
The jet, according to Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, was on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops as part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East when it lost contact with the radar.
“The loss of radar contact occurred at about 5:08pm on 31 March 2021,” Gabkwet said in a statement last week.