Update: Missing NAF aircraft might have crashed, says official

The Nigerian Air Force () says intelligent report gathered by its surveillance , , and ground troops indicates that its missing might have crashed.

A statement by the Director Public Relations and Information, Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, stated that the cause the crash and the whereabouts the two pilots remained unknown.

According to Gabkwet, the pilots are Flt.-Lt. John Abolarinwa and Flt.- Lt. Ebiakpo Chapele.

Meanwhile, extensive search and rescue were still ongoing by surveillance as well as NAF and Nigerian troops on ground.

He added that even at the point they were, NAF not ruling out anything regarding the incident.

He, however, remained hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAF Alpha-Jet aircraft (NAF-475) went off the radar with two crew members on board on March 31. (NAN)