JUST IN: NAF to investigate trainer aircraft crash, says CAS, Amao

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has constituted an Accident Investigation Board to unravel the cause of the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash that occurred Tuesday at NAF Base, Kaduna.

Amao assured that the Nigerian Air Force will thoroughly investigate the cause of the aircraft crash.In a statement by the Director Public Relation and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the CAS commiserated with families, friends, and colleagues of the two pilots “Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu, who lost their lives in the tragic accident”.According to the statement: “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”.

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