Nigerian Drone Crash Sparks Rumors of Helicopter Crash, Kaduna

At approximately 0430 EST, initial reports indicated that a Nigerian Air Force helicopters had crashed in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna, Nigeria. The initial claims were posted by Daily Trust and repeated on X.

However, by 0730 EST, Nigerian Air Force Public Relations Director Gabkwet made this statement:

“Contrary to reports on social media as well as on a handful of traditional media outlets that a NAF helicopter had crashed in Kaduna earlier today, 1 July 2024, be informed that no helicopter crash occurred. Instead, a NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) experienced a mishap after take-off for a mission, at a location near Rumji Village and about 15 Km from Base. Since it is an unmanned vehicle, there were no casualties on board or on ground. Preliminary investigation has since commenced to ascertain what may have caused the mishap. Nigerians can be rest assured that this minor setback will not, in anyway, impinge on all ongoing operations.”

He then went on to lambast media for rushing to publication without conferring with the Nigerian Air Force. The previous photographs of a downed helicopter are not from today’s incident, says the NAF.