ABUJA, 1 April 2021 – A Nigerian Air Force plane has disappeared from radar shortly after control towers lost contact with it, aviation officials have said.
The plane was on a routine mission, according to the Air Force’s Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.
The plane was providing aerial support to Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram militants in the country’s northeastern Borno State when contact was lost Wednesday.
Officials remain tight-lipped Thursday on the aircraft.
No information has been disclosed about the number of officers who were on board the aircraft.
Boko Haram militants have, in the past, shown that they have the capacity to hit aircraft.
There are also concerns about the state of maintenance of Nigerian Air Force equipment.
Last February, seven Nigerian Air Force officers were killed in a crash after reporting engine failure.
The victims were on another support mission when the crash occurred.
A Nigerian military plane bombed a camp for internally displaced people in the northeastern part of the country reportedly after mistaking it for a Boko Haram camp.
Over 100 people were killed in the 2017 airstrike in the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja.