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Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies

Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, has died in a road accident. It was learnt that Tolulope Arotile sustained head injuries from the road accident which occurred at the NAF Base in Kaduna.

Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot
Tolulope Arotile, First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot

In a press statement from NAF, said the flight officer died on Tuesday. The statement quoted the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as describing her death as an “irreparable loss”.

Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot
Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot

Tolulope Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, recently completed a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa.

She died less than a year after she was decorated as the first female combatant helicopter pilot.

Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot
Tolulope Arotile, First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot

The statement read, “It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today (Tuesday), 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

Tolulope Arotile graduated as the best flight student from the Nigerian Air Force in 2017.

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