The Nigerian Air force, on Monday, said it has an idea of the location of its Alpha fighter jet that went missing after a military operation in Konduga, Borno State.
Adesola Amosu, the Chief of Air Staff disclosed this in an interviewwith journalists after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Namadi Sambo, on September 15 in Abuja.
“We have an idea of where missing jet could be. I am hopeful that before the end of the day or week we should be able to provide credible information as to the location of the aircraft and then the pilots,” he said.
Amosun added that, “one thing is clear; whatever problem they had, an ejection was contemplated, it is therefore my hope that the pilots are still alive.”
The Air Force chief also dismissed suggestions of possible sabotage, while maintaining that the Air Force was in full control of the nation’s air space. “Sabotage? No, because it is a distance of just from Maiduguri to Yola. We are in full control of the air space. But don’t forget that when you lose radio signal, it becomes very challenging. There are so many possibilities but we are working on it. With the information gathered so far, authorities had got an idea of the area the aircraft could be,” he said.
Farmers in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State claimed on September 14 that they saw an aircraft flying low that might have crashed at a place near Gabun, a mountainous village in the local government.