Nigeria’s first-ever female combat Helicopter pilot, Arotile dies in tragic accident at 23

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the first-ever and only female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Airforce has died. The tragic incident occurred in Kaduna yesterday after she sustained head injuries from a road accident.

In a statement signed by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, stated that late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile was involved in a road accident that occurred at NAF Base in Kaduna and died shortly after sustaining head injuries

“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 armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.” He said.

“The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late ‪Flying Officer Arotile‬ over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grant her soul eternal rest.”

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