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Nigeria Air Force To Investigate Cause Of Trainer Aircraft Crash In Kaduna

Nigerian Air Force authorities are looking into the crash of Super Mushshak trainer aircraft that killed two officers on Tuesday in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it will investigate the cause of the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash at its base Tuesday evening in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

Oladayo Amao, Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff stated this on Wednesday, April 20, when he visited the Air Force base to commiserate with the families of the two pilots, Flt. Lt. Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flt. Lt. Elijah Haruna Karatu, killed in the accident.

Amao said an Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has been constituted to determine the remote causes of the crash, assuring officers of the 401 Flying Training School that all measures would be explored to avert future occurrences.

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

‚ÄúThe unfortunate incident of yesterday‚Äôs trainer aircraft crash is yet again a tragic reminder of the perilous nature of the military flying profession as well as the risks NAF pilots continually take, daily, to secure Nigeria‚Äôs territorial integrity,‚ÄĚ the Air Force Chief said.

HumAngle had previously reported how the Nigerian Air Force has suffered combat and non-combat aircraft accidents in the past 14 months including a Feb. 2021 accident involving a Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft with seven personnel while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure.

In July 2021, an Air Force pilot on a solo combat mission in support of the military campaign in the country’s Northwest which has seen raging conflict between terrorists and security operatives was forced to eject after his Alpha Jet came under intense enemy fire.

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 when troops were conducting a clearance operation in the Sambisa forest.

Two months later, 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 landing.

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Abiodun is an investigations reporter at HumAngle. His works focus on the intersection of public policy and development, conflict and humanitarian crisis, climate and environment. He was a 2022 Solution Journalism Fellow with Nigeria Health Watch under its Solution Journalism Africa initiative project.

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