Wreckage of missing NAF fighter jet found, 1 pilot’s body intact, other not seen

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The wreckage of the Air Force fighter jet that went missing last week have been found in Bama, State, an authoritative source told THISDAY Sunday.

The source said found with the body of of the pilots intact.

The pilot Flight Lieutenant Chapele Ebiakpo.

He, however, said the body of the pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa, is still being searched for, explaining that the ground have been asked to intensify search.

The Air Force had declared the Alpha Jet fighter aircraft, 475, missing March 31, saying a few days later that might have crashed.

The terrorist group, , had claimed for the crash but the refuted the claim.

THISDAY source said last night that the jet, which took off from Maiduguri , crashed five minutes after take-off at an estimated altitude of 15,000 feet, explaining that at that height, missile by could have hit and brought 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, on an interdiction in support of ground as part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in 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.