Police IG’s son survives as IRS aircraft crash-lands in Niger Republic

by S’ola Filani

Unmarkeed airplane


An aircraft, Fokker 100, belonging to IRS airlines crash-landed yesterday night around 7:30pm in Niger Republic on its way back to Nigeria after C (maintenance) checks. The two people on-board the aircraft, the pilot and co-pilot, survived the crash.

The co-pilot, Capt Jamil Abubakar, is the first son of the Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar.

When the Police Boss was contacted, he confirmed the incident, saying he was full of gratitude to God for preserving the life of the pilot and his son the co-pilot.


IRS Airlines, which is one of the indigenous carriers that has operated for a long time, stopped scheduled services last October due to technical problems with its fleet.

The airline, which operated three Fokker 100 aircraft, stopped operation when its aircraft developed hydraulic problem while landing at the Kaduna airport last year, prompting the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ground its operations.

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