Nigeria First Female Combat Pilot Dies At 23
The Nigerian Air Force has announced the death of the country’s first-ever female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, who died at age 23.
Miss Arotike was said to have died in the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna as a result of head injuries sustained during an accident which occurred in the evening of Tuesday, July 14.
According to the NAF statement on Twitter, Flying Officer Arotile was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 and was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the service.
The NAF also noted that during her short but impactful stay in the service, 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 Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiqque, has on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss.
NAF prays that may the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.
Arotile was an indigene of Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.