Kaduna crash: Pilots escape death, air chief orders probe

8th March 2024

A trainer aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force experienced  “a minor mishap” in Kaduna State on Thursday.

The aircraft, a Super Mushshak trainer aircraft, was involved in a minor mishap at about 2.35 pm, according to the Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet.

Gabkwet, in a statement, said the incident occurred while the pilots were returning from routine training.

He, however,  said the two pilots “came out of the crash unscathed.”

The statement read,  “A Nigerian Air Force  Super Mushshak trainer aircraft was involved in a minor mishap earlier today, 7 March 2024, at about 2.35 pm.

“The accident, which occurred at about 3.5 nautical miles from Kaduna Military Airfield, involved two pilots who were returning from a routine training flight. Luckily, both pilots came out of the crash unscathed.”

Gabwet said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, had ordered a probe into the incident.

He said,  “The CAS has since directed for preliminary investigation to ascertain the immediate cause of the crash.”

The PUNCH reports that between 2015 and December 2023, Nigeria suffered at least 17 military air crashes,  leading to the death of many.

Some of the incidents include the crash which occurred in Port Harcourt in December 2023. A MI-35P helicopter belonging to the Air Force crash-landed with five crew members sustaining injuries.

On August 14, 2023, a NAF aircraft was said to have departed Zungeru Primary School en route to Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed in a village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.

Also,  in July 2023 An FT7-NI aircraft crashed in Makurdi no death was recorded.

In addition, in February 2023, the Air Force recorded a crash after one of their jets lost its tyre mid-air and made an emergency landing at Lagos Airport on its belly. No death was equally recorded.

On February 22, 2021, seven NAF personnel on their way from Abuja to Minna, Niger State to rescue the abducted students and workers of Government Science College, Kagara, died when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.


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