First Nigeria’s Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Arotile dies at 23 in road accident

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The Nigerian Air Force has lost Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who was the first female flying combat helicopter in the service to a road traffic accident in Kaduna State.
“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna. Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in Sept 2017 as a member of NDA  RC 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
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, A.M Sadique, on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the Nigerian Air Force, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”
The Nigerian Air Force wrote in a statement.
Arotile’s death came barely a year after she was winged as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force following the completion of her course in South Africa.
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