This was confirmed in a statement on Monday by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Monday, August 12, 2023.
According to him, the aircraft was on a casualty evacuation mission when the crash happened.
The statement partly reads; “A Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed today, August 14, 2023, at about 1.1.00 pm Chukuba Village in Niger State.
Gabkwet said efforts are ongoing to rescue the pilots and passengers on board.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to rescue the crew and passengers on board the helicopter, while preliminary investigations have commenced to determine the probable cause of the crash,” the statement added.