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Nigerian Air Force Pilot Killed In Fatal Accident In U.S.

The aircraft was waiting when it flipped over in severe weather conditions, killing one person onboard.

A Nigerian Air Force pilot killed in the United States when severe winds flipped over a small aircraft holding for take off, has been identified. 

Two people were on board the twin-engined light aircraft when the incident occurred earlier this month at the Orlando Executive Airport Florida, American news outlet NBC news reported

“The aircraft that had taxied out for departure was waiting and unfortunately, that [weather] system moved in so fast, it was so severe with very heavy gusty winds that it actually flipped the airplane.” The Orlando Executive Airport director and air traffic controller, Judith-Ann Jarrette said.

Nigerian student Alfa Ekele of the Florida Institute of Technology was identified as the person killed, a report from Florida Today revealed


HumAngle understands that the late student was a pilot with the Nigerian Air Force.

He was working on a Master’s degree in aviation safety and administration at the university’s College of Aeronautics. 


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Murtala Abdullahi

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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