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BORNO: Chief of Air Staff arrives state as search for missing jet continues

THE Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has arrived in the state to keep abreast of development on how to recover a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet which went missing last night after it lost contact with the radar.

Amao has since been briefed on the progress made so far in the efforts to locate the missing jet.

The missing jet was involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province when it lost radar contact in the north-east state.

It was specifically on a reconnaissance mission for the troops on land in their efforts to rid the state of insurgency.

The radar is the main air traffic control system for the airspace around airports. Air traffic controllers monitor aircraft within the airspace from the radar.

NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement, said the CAS “arrived Maiduguri this morning and was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft.

Gabkwet said Amao “urged pilots, engineers and technicians to remain undeterred and resolute in their commitment to ensuring that peace returns to the North East.”

The NAF spokesman, however, did not disclose the number of officers onboard the yet-to-be-found jet.

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