The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has described as unfortunate the incident of the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash that occurred yesterday, 19 April 2022 at NAF Base, Kaduna.
A statement by spokesperson of the Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet quoted the Air Chief as saying that the incident is a tragic reminder of the perilous nature of the military flying profession as well as the risks Nigeria Air Force pilots continually take, daily, to secure Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
The Air Force Chief assured that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will ensure it thoroughly investigates the cause of the accident.
He stated this on Wednesday 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.
“Air Marshal Amao had constituted an Accident Investigation Board upon receiving the sad news of the crash yesterday, to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash.
“While at Kaduna earlier today, he assured the officers, airmen and airwomen of 401 Flying Training School that all measures will be emplaced to avert similar occurrence in the future.
“He also reminded them on 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 agency to rid the Northwest and indeed the entire Nation of all criminal elements,” the Statement explained.