The incident happened is reported to have happened around 1pm.

An aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force has crashed in a village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.

According to reports, the aircraft Air Force MI-171 helicopter was said to be heading to Niger from Kaduna before it crashed around 1pm at the aforementioned location.

The number of people onboard or their state is still unknown as at the time this report was gotten.

However, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air commodore Edward Garbket has confirmed the incident in a statement.

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The statement read: “A Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed today, August 14, 2023, at about 1.1.00 pm Chukuba Village in Niger State.

The aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route 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.”

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