2 Nigerian Air Force Pilots Die After Trainer Aircraft Crashes In Kaduna

The incident is the sixth air mishap suffered by the Nigerian Air Force between February 2021 and April 19.

Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilots were killed on Tuesday, April 19 when a Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crashed in Kaduna, northwestern Nigeria.

The Pakistani built twin-seat aircraft is assigned to the Air Training Command’s Flying Training School Kaduna for primary flight training of pilots. 

The Nigerian Air Force has suffered repeated combat and non-combat aircraft accidents in the past 14 months. 

In July 2021, an Air Force pilot on a solo combat mission in support of the military campaign in the country’s Northwest was forced to eject after his Alpha Jet came under intense enemy fire. 

In May of the same year, a Beechcraft King Air 350i  aircraft with the then Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military personnel on board crashed in Kaduna, a few days after an ATR 42 aircraft was involved in an accident while approaching for landing. 

Similarly, in March 2021, the Air Force lost radar contact with an Alpha jet on a combat support mission in Borno State in the Northeast. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered almost a year later while troops were conducting a clearance operation in the Sambisa forest. 

In Feb. last year, another  Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft with seven personnel on board crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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