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Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in Nigeria is dead.
23-year-old Arotile reportedly died on Tuesday, July 14 as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Kaduna.
Her tragic death comes barely a year after her decoration as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force.
Arotile alongside Kafayat Sanni were decorated as the first female helicopter pilot and first female fighter pilot respectively in October 2019.
An official statement as regards her death was released on the twitter handle of the Nigerian Airforce.
“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna,” the statement read.
“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. During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hailed 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.
NAF LOSES FLYING OFFICER TOLULOPE AROTILE IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN KADUNA
— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) July 14, 2020