Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies
Nigerian Air Force’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, has died in a road accident.
It was learnt that Arotile sustained head injuries from the road accident which occurred at the NAF Base in Kaduna.
NAF in a press statement said the flight officer died on Tuesday.
The statement quoted the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as describing her death as an “irreparable loss”.
Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, recently completed a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa.
She died less than a year after she was decorated as the first female combatant helicopter pilot.
Arotile graduated as the best flight student from the Nigerian Air Force in 2017. She was one of the 13 pilots inducted at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, August 15, 2019.
They were deployed in the North-East and other parts of the country for security operations