The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao has said that air crash is one of the hazards of the military profession.
He said it was a sad Sunday for the entire NAF family, which had lost a set of fine, well-trained, dedicated personnel, who in the course of conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, had operated in virtually all theatres, including the North East, North West as well as the North Central.
Air crash is one of the hazards of military profession CAS
The CAS said this when the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ambassador Dr (Mrs) Anthonia Ekpa, paid him a condolence visit at the Headquarters (HQ) NAF, Abuja.
AVM Amao however, lamented that the NAF would find it difficult to replace the personnel based on their training and experience acquired over the years.
He said the Service was nevertheless consoled by the fact that the deceased personnel gave their utmost in service to the nation.
The CAS disclosed that the deceased personnel, who had been in Minna for days conducting ISR missions in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students and staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State, had only stopped at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to refuel before embarking on the fateful return flight to Minna when the unfortunate incident occurred.
Air crash is one of the hazards of military profession CAS
Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola in a statement Monday night noted that the CAS thanked the Minister for finding time to commiserate with the NAF on the unfortunate incident.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, in her condolence message, described the death of the 7 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel who lost their lives in an air crash involving a NAF Beechcraft King Air B350i in Abuja on 21 February 2021, as a great loss, not only to the NAF but the entire nation.
Dame Tallen said the Ministry of Women Affairs, “shares in this dark moment of grief”
She prayed that the good Lord would console the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, the CAS, the entire NAF family as well as members of the immediate families of the deceased gallant officers and airmen.
The Minister also presented a condolence letter to the Chief of Air Staff.

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