By Augustine Ehikioya
With display of professionalism and luck on their sides, the only two Pilots on board a Nigerian Air Force FT-7NI trainer aircraft have survived when the aircraft crash landed in Makurdi, Benue State, on Friday evening.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet. It was made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It said “A Nigerian Air Force FT-7NI trainer aircraft crashed today, 14 July, 2023 at about 4.15pm in Makurdi, Benue State, while on a routine training exercise.
“Luckily, the 2 pilots on board survived the crash after successfully ejecting from the aircraft.
“Additionally, there was no loss of lives or damage to any property around the area of impact.
“Both pilots are currently under observation at NAF Base Hospital, Makurdi. Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has constituted a Board of Inquiry to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash,” it said.