LAGOS (AA) – The Nigerian authorities have found a missing crew member from an air force helicopter that crashed earlier Wednesday, defense spokesman Chris Olukolade has said.
“The crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter earlier declared missing has been found alive,” Olukolade said in a statement Wednesday evening.
“The crew member, who was declared missing when his body could not be located in the vicinity of the crash, resurfaced at military headquarters in Maiduguri today, having trekked through the bush after the crash,” he added.
On Monday, the Nigerian army reported that an Mi-35 attack helicopter had crashed in northeastern Borno State’s Bama area due to a “technical fault,” killing one of the crew.
“It is thus confirmed that Flight Lieutenant NM Halilu and Co-Pilot and Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, the aircraft technician, survived the crash, while Flight Lieutenant Onyeka Nwakile was the only one lost,” the army had said in a statement.
“The family of the [slain] officer has been duly informed, while the two survivors are in stable condition while receiving medical attention,” it added.
Olukolade said Wednesday’s discovery of the missing crewman meant the end of search and rescue operations, “while investigation into the crash continues.”
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