The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has announced the crash of one of its helicopters engaged in the fight against banditry in Kastina State.

The aircraft was said to have crashed at about 3.30pm on Wednesday while trying to land after returning from an anti-armed banditry operation.

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Reports had it that the officers on board were able to exit the aircraft which caught fire moments after the crash.

An eyewitness account said that the helicopter had taken off at about 2.30 pm from the airport but returned about an hour later, apparently having developed a fault mid-air, during its combat mission.

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“The moment it managed to land, the officers on board escaped and the entire aircraft went up in flames,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

Director Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola who made this known in a statement said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had directed the setting up of a Board of Inquiry to determine the exact cause of the crash.