Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies In Accident


Nigerian Air Force’s first female combat helicopter pilot has passed away. Tolulope Arotile, 23, died in a road accident on Tuesday (14th July 2020).

In a statement released by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday revealed that Tolulope died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road accident at its base in Kaduna (Nigeria).


In 2017, NAF awarded Tolupe Arotile as the best flight student. The flying officer who was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in September 2017 as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the service.


“During her short but impactful stay in the Service, the 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. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.” – NAF disclosed in a statement.

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