The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Thursday confirmed the death of the five crew members who were on board the Mi-35M Helicopter that crashed in combat Wednesday.
It would be recalled that the deceased were personnel of the Air Task Force involved in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, who were providing close air support to troops of 145 battalion, Damasak in Borno state.
NAF spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, saying: “The deceased personnel, whose remains have been recovered to Maiduguri, are:
Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command, Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot, Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician, Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner
and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.
“These gallant fallen heroes made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our Fatherland, for which the NAF, and indeed the entire Nation, owes them an unending debt of gratitude.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the families of the 5 fallen heroes and prays that the Almighty grants their souls peaceful repose.”