The Nigerian Air Force has lost one of its finest helicopter pilots, Tolulope Arotile, who died in the early hours of Wednesday after failing to recover from injuries sustained in a motor accident.
Nine months ago, Tolulope was celebrated and decorated as the first female helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force by Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff.
Reacting to this sad story, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their emotions on the story as many send condolences to the family.
BREAKING: Nigeria loses first, only female combat Helicopter Pilot, Tolulope Arotile https://t.co/CsaRDNpTwp
— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) July 15, 2020
NAF LOSES FLYING OFFICER TOLULOPE AROTILE IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN KADUNA
— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) July 14, 2020
Many expressed amazement at what Tolulope had achieved before she passed, they pointed out that the loss is heavy as they also thanked her for her service.
It’s sad to learn that that few minutes after I passed the NAF Airforce Base Kaduna,a tragic accident happened which took away the life of one of Nigeria’s finest and first female combat Helicopter Pilot,Tolulope Arotile.A great loss to our country.May her soul Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/jAZ4dmJr1U
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) July 15, 2020
[REST IN PEACE]
"It is with deep regret that we share the sad news that ??Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile passed on yesterday, 14/7/20. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. We will never forget you. REST IN PEACE ??HEROINE ?" – APC UK@NigAirForce pic.twitter.com/xrBAMiuPXC
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) July 15, 2020
First and only female combat Helicopter Pilot, Tolulope Arotile died on Yesterday, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road accident at NAF Base Kaduna. pic.twitter.com/UiaqtW4E2J
— JCB (@JudithCaleb_JCB) July 15, 2020
Here’s what we know about Tolulope Arotile before her passing…
23-year-old Tolulope Arotile was Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot. Eight months ago, she was celebrated for her achievements by the Nigerian Air Force as she had also concluded a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa to better her skills as a military personnel.
Tolulope has been a source of inspiration for many who had expressed interest in joining the military as her achievement received massive recognition by Nigerians. She would be remembered as the first female air combat pilot by the Nigerian Air Force.
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