Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies At 24
Tragedy hit the Nigerian Air Force as the country’s first female helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, has died
Born in 1995, Arotile was 24 years as the time of her death.
The late Arotile was decorated on 15 October 2019 as the first female combat helicopter pilot in Nigerian Air Force.
Arotile, who hails from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State in the North Central zone of Nigeria, died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Kaduna.
Her death came barely 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, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said 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.
She would be missed by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF and the entire nation.