A Nigerian Air Force MI-171 helicopter on evacuation mission has crashed near Chukuba Village in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The tragic incident occurred during what should have been a routine flight from Zungeru Primary School to Kaduna.
Edward Gabkwet, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, confirmed the accident in an official statement made available to Journalists shortly after the incident.
The helicopter was on its way to Kaduna from Niger State when it crashed.
It was not clear if there were casualties or survivors from the crash at the time of this report as NAF said efforts were ongoing to rescue the occupants of the helicopter.
“The aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School enroute Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to rescue the crew and passengers on board the helicopter, while preliminary investigations have commenced to determine the probable cause of the crash,” said Gabkwet.