A Nigerian air force helicopter burst into flames midair and crashed
near Modibo Adama University of Technology in Yola, Adamawa state,
witnesses and the military said on Friday.
The crash — the second
to down a military chopper in a week — occurred late Thursday, and
initially sparked fears that Nigeria’s feared Boko Haram insurgency was
mounting an attack.
There was no immediate information on casualties.
chopper belonging to the Nigeria Air Force crashed last night
(Thursday) in Yola. But we don’t have details,” air force spokesman Air
Commodore Dele Alonge said.
Witnesses said the aircraft was thought to be carrying weapons to troops fighting Boko Haram.
military helicopters flew over the campus and one of them came down
close to the fence near the student hostels,” said Kyari Mohammed, a
lecturer at the Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology.
crash was followed by series of intermittent explosions inside the
chopper, which people believe to be from weapons the chopper was
He said he called the airport, which told him one of the military’s helicopters had crashed.
explosions caused panic among students, who thought Boko Haram
insurgents were on the prowl in the city, which has been repeatedly
attacked by the group.
“Suddenly, we heard a huge thundering sound
which made us to rush out of the hostels, thinking the school was under
Boko Haram attack,” said Harisu Abdulaziz, a student.
student who was in the hostel at the time said it caused chaos and
soldiers guarding the gates prevented anyone from fleeing.
city’s university has been under military protection to stop Boko Haram
attacks after a spate of school attacks by the Islamist group in the
Thursday’s incident came just three days after another military chopper on a training mission crash-landed near Yola airport.
military has suffered a series of air crashes in the northeast since a
state of emergency was imposed in the Adamawa region, of which Yola is
tha capital, and two neighboring states in May last year.
Haram has claimed to have shot down a number of aircraft, including a
Nigerian air force jet that went missing in September, again out of
Yola. The military denies the assertion.
Source: PM News