By Augustine Ehikioya
To unravel the cause of a Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash in Kaduna State, the Chief of Air the Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has said that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will ensure its thorough investigation.
The crash had occurred Tuesday, 19 April, 2022 at NAF Base in Kaduna.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the Director of Public Relation and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA) has disclosed this.
The statement said the Chief of Air the Staff spoke when he visited Kaduna on Wednesday to commiserate with families, friends, and colleagues of the 2 pilots that died in the crash.
The two pilots are Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu.
The statement said “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 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 territorial integrity,” it noted.