NAF pilots killed in helicopter crash buried in Abuja(photos)

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Two pilots  and three crew members of the Nigerian Air force who recently died in the recent Nigerian Air force mi-35m helicopter air crash were buried yesterday in Abuja.

The helicopter crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno.

The late crew members are: Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command, Flight Lt- Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot, Sgt. Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician, Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner, and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the remains of the officers were laid to rest at 11:20am at the National Military Cemetery Abuja, with full military honours, amidst wails and tears by family members, wives, relatives and sympathisers.

Wreaths were also laid by the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali and the wives of some of the officers.

The air chief also presented the national colours to the families of the deceased crew members.

NAN also reports that the burial ceremony was attended by representatives of the Service Chiefs, among other dignitaries.

The late officers were honoured with 21 gun salute (Firing of Volley) as well as the Last Post.

Mr Abubakar, an air marshal, in his remarks at the internment ceremony said that the late officers died for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

“These gallant heroes lost their lives in the pursuit of the peace which we all enjoy and often take for granted. We salute the courage of these young men, whose lot it became to give their lives for this purpose.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday buried the remains of five crew members, who died in the NAF Mi-35M Helicopter that crashed in combat on January 2 in Borno State.

The helicopter crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno.

The late crew members are: Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command, Flight Lt- Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot, Sgt. Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician, Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner, and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the remains of the officers were laid to rest at 11:20am at the National Military Cemetery Abuja, with full military honours, amidst wails and tears by family members, wives, relatives and sympathisers.

Wreaths were also laid by the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali and the wives of some of the officers.

The air chief also presented the national colours to the families of the deceased crew members.

NAN also reports that the burial ceremony was attended by representatives of the Service Chiefs, among other dignitaries.

The late officers were honoured with 21 gun salute (Firing of Volley) as well as the Last Post.

Mr Abubakar, an air marshal, in his remarks at the internment ceremony said that the late officers died for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

“These gallant heroes lost their lives in the pursuit of the peace which we all enjoy and often take for granted. We salute the courage of these young men, whose lot it became to give their lives for this purpose.”

 

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