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

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who is Nigeria’s first-ever female combat helicopter pilot, has died at the age of 23 years after sustaining head injuries from a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna.

Arotile’s death came not more than a year after she was winged as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force following the completion of her course in South Africa

Confirming the accident, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated that until her death, ‪Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the service.‬

 

 

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