Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, the Chief of the Air Staff, offered his heartfelt condolences on Tuesday in Port Harcourt to the families of the crew members who tragically lost their lives in the unfortunate crash of the MI-171E Helicopter in Niger State on August 14, 2023.
Expressing deep sympathy for the painful loss, Air Marshal Abubakar emphasized that the incident dealt a significant blow to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), acknowledging that it would require a considerable amount of time for the organization to recover from this setback.
A statement from the Director of NAF Public Relations and Information conveyed the Chief of the Air Staff’s commitment to stand unwaveringly beside the bereaved families. Air Marshal Abubakar assured them that the NAF would provide steadfast support throughout their journey of healing and coping.
He conveyed, “The NAF will remain steadfast in its support for you until the end,” affirming that the sacrifices made by the fallen crew members would never go unnoticed. He assured the families that both the NAF family and the entire nation would forever remember their selfless dedication to the nation’s safety.
During his visit, Air Marshal Abubakar also took the opportunity to engage with the unit’s officers and personnel. He expressed his condolences to the unit as a whole and praised their unwavering commitment and contributions to ongoing joint military operations in the Niger Delta.
He reassured that the sacrifices of these brave individuals would not be in vain and affirmed the Nigerian Air Force’s dedication to preventing such tragedies in the future.
It is recalled that on August 14, 2023, a NAF MI-171E Helicopter, en route for casualty evacuation, tragically crashed in Niger State, resulting in the loss of all passengers and four NAF crew members on board. The crew members who lost their lives were identified as Flight Lieutenant Adamu Ibrahim, Flight Lieutenant Anthony Duryumus, Lance Corporal Alaribe Daniel, and Lance Corporal Briggs Stephen Peter.