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Nigerian Air Force sets up investigative board over crashed aircraft

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The Nigerian Airforce has set up an Accident Investigation Board to determine the immediate and remote causes of the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft which crashed in Kaduna on Tuesday.

The Chief of Air Staff, Oladayo Amao said this while on a visit to the families, friends and colleagues of the two pilots who lost their lives in the crash.

He named the two pilots that died in the crash as Elijah Haruna Karatu and Abubakar Muhammed Alkali.

In a statement on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Air Force. Edward Gabkwet said the Chief of Air Staff assured the officers, airmen and airwomen of the 401 Flying Training School that all measures will be emplaced to avert similar occurrences 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.

“The unfortunate incident of yesterday’s 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’s territory.”

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The Super Mushshak trainer aircraft was reported to have crashed around the Air Force base in Kaduna on Tuesday, killing the two pilots.

The development comes 11 months after a NAF aircraft crashed in Kaduna.

The incident, which occurred in May 2021, involved a Beechcraft 350, and the aircraft crashed around the Kaduna international airport.

The then Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers who were on board when the plane crashed, were killed.

Attahiru was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend a passing-out parade for army recruits.

Following the incident, members of the minority caucus in the house of representatives had asked the federal government to ensure that a “system-wide investigation” is conducted into such incidents involving military aircraft in the country.

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