HELICOPTER CRASH: Seven Die As Nigerian Air Force Aircraft Crashes In Kaduna State [IMAGES]

CRASH SITE: Source: Air force officials sighted on ground
An Air Force helicopter went down at the site of the old National Defence Academy in Kaduna state earlier today [Aug. 29], ChannelsTV has reported. The helicopter, which was on a routine Air Force training flight was heading to Abuja from the Nigerian Airforce base in Kaduna, when the incident occurred.

According to Daily Post, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that all seven passengers on board did not survive the crash.

The flight was said to have crashed 10 minutes after take-off at about 6.47 Saturday morning, with the pilot, co-pilot, two engineers and three passengers on board, Abusidiqu reports.

A military source who confirmed the incident told reporters that the helicopter crashed at the old site of the NDA at about 6.30am. He said:
“We heard a loud sound like bomb blast, when we came out to confirm what it was, we saw flames. After tracing the site,  we then discovered that it was an Airforce jet that crashed.”
He told The Heat that the crash site was a residential area and some persons were injured. He also revealed that seven dead bodies were recovered from the crash site during rescue operations. Rescue efforts are going on as officials of NEMA, Kaduna State Emergency Agency (KASEMA) and the Red Cross are on ground.

See photos from the crash site below:

CRASH SITE: Rescue officials on ground
A building affected by the crash
A building affected by the crash


 - Images & Story via Naij.com

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