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NAF First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies


The Nigerian Air Force has lost its first female helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, in a road accident which occured at the NAF base in Kaduna.

Tolulope was reported to have sustained severe injuries leading to her death. The deceased who hails from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State had recently completed a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa.

According to the NAF press statement release, Arotile had died on Tuesday. The statement reads;

“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.”

“Until her death, ‪Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.”‬

“During her short but impactful stay in the Service, the late Arotile contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.”

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late ‪Flying Officer Arotile‬ over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”

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