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BREAKING: See photo of pilot who survived NAF aircraft crash in Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that its Alpha Jet aircraft actually crashed in Zamfara State on Sunday, and that the pilot, Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo survived. (TNG) reports NAF as saying Dairo was returning from a successful air interdiction mission when the aircraft he was in crashed about 12. 45 p.m. on Sunday.

See photos of Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo in happy mood below:

TNG reports, according to a statement by by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarter, Dairo used his survival instincts to evade bandits who targeted him, and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.

Gabkwet stated that Dairo came under intense fire by the enemies at about 12. 45 p.m. on Sunday, leading to the NAF aircraft crash in Zamfara.

He added that the pilot, using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and maneuvered his way to a Nigerian Army Unit where he was finally rescued.

While in hiding, Dairo confirmed that the presence of NAF aircraft within the vicinity of the crash site helped in scaring the bandits who were after him, thus enabling him to find refuge and escape to a safe location.

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