There are indications that the wreckage of the missing Alpha jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force has been found in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State which is about 30 kilometres outside of Maiduguri, the state capital. Although the Air Force authorities are yet to confirm this development, sources said the fighter jet was seen flying around Goni Kurmiri and Njimia villages after attacking terrorist locations at the Sambisa axis.
The sources however, did not give any information about the whereabouts of the pilot and the co-pilot. Air Force authorities had announced that the plane lost contact with the radar on Wednesday evening while on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops as part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the north east. Earlier today, the Air Force also announced that the possibility that the plane may have crashed.
In a statement issued on Friday, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the aircraft marked – NAF475 – had two crew members on board when it went missing on Wednesday in Borno State. While the cause of the crash and the whereabouts of the crew members who are NAF personnel remain unknown, the pilots are identified as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.
Meanwhile a faction of boko haram has claimed that it shot down the plane with some of the pictures showing the wreckage of a plane now being circulated on social media.