- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been greeted with tragedy as its aircraft crashed in Makurdi, the Benue State capital
- The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the tragic incident
- According to Gabkwat, the incident transpired on Friday, July 14, during a routine exercise and two pilots were involved in the tragic crash
A Nigerian Air Force FT-7NI trainer aircraft has crashed in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
This was confirmed in a statement obtained by Legit.ng on Friday, July 14.
The statement signed by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed that the incident happened on Friday evening during a routine training exercise.
Gabkwet said two aircraft pilots survived and were being observed in a military facility.
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“Luckily, the two pilots on board survived the crash after successfully ejecting from the aircraft. Additionally, there was no loss of lives or damage to any property around the area of impact.
“Both pilots are currently under observation at NAF Base Hospital, Makurdi. Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has constituted a Board of Inquiry to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash.”
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