Nigeria’s 1st Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies In Road Accident: The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on July 14, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
Late Arotile was Nigeria’s 1st Female Combat Helicopter Pilot In the NAF
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
“It is with deep sadness that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on 14 July as a result of head injuries sustained by a road accident at NAF Base Kaduna”.
“Before her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned to the NAF as a member of the Nigerian Defense Academy Regular Course 64 in September 2017, was the first female combat helicopter pilot in the military”.
During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hails from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State”.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian personnel of the NAF, commiserates with the family of the late Flying Officer Arotile for this irreparable loss”.
“We hope that the Almighty God will give eternal rest to her soul,” he said.