NAF to investigate cause of trainer aircraft crash in Kaduna


By Linus Aleke

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, on Wednesday said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of its Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash that happened on Tuesday at NAF Base, Kaduna.

Director of Public Relation and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet made this known in a statement.

According to the statement, Air Marshal Amao made this discourse when he visited Kaduna to commiserate with families, friends, and colleagues of the 2 pilots, Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu, who lost their lives in the tragic accident.

To this end, the Air Chief immediately constituted an Accident Investigation Board to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash.

He assured the officers, airmen and airwomen of 401 Flying Training School that all measures will be taken to avert a similar occurrence in the future.

He also reminded them of the need to remain steadfast and focused on their assigned roles and responsibilities in view of the onerous task before the NAF and other security agencies to rid the Northwest and indeed the entire nation of all criminal elements.

He described the unfortunate incident of Tuesday’s trainer aircraft crash as 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’s territorial integrity.