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Painful Exit: How The First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot In Nigeria Died

Many have taken time to mourn a hero who died in service as the first ever female combat helicopter pilot.

President Muhammadu Buhari mourned saying her death caused deep pain in his heart. According to him, the late flying officer impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security during her short stay on earth. Also was the First Lady Aisha Buhari who described the late Arotile as an intelligent young woman, a huge potential, a representative of both Nigerian women and youth, and what they could achieve.


Flying Officer Arotile died on 14 July 2020 at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her. How negligent.

Flying Officer Arotile was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 16 September 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Nigerian Defence Academy.

And was winged as the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force on 15 October 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa. She holds a commercial pilot license and also underwent tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy.

How prepared she was to take over the world with her skills.

Incidentally, she introduced the newly acquired Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at Eagle Square in Abuja on 6 February 2020.

She had reached such a great height in a little time of her life and would have winged more in victories but was taken so early.

May her gentle soul rest on. RIP.

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