Two F-7Ni aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, which were carrying out rehearsals for Nigeria’s 58 Independence anniversary Friday crashed in Mpape suburb of Abuja killing one pilot.
Spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, earlier stated that the two pilots involved in the training were ejected from the aircraft.
He would later issue a terse statement announcing that, “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce that one of the pilots who successfully ejected from one of the F-7Ni aircraft that crashed earlier today has passed on. May his soul RIP.”
Newsworth recalls that NAF had on September 17 told Abuja residents that it was carrying out aerial display as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 58th anniversary in Abuja.
“Consequently, there will be movement of NAF aircraft within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from now till October 2 as NAF pilots commence rehearsals for the occasion,” Daramola had said in a statement.
“The NAF, therefore, wishes to advise members of the public not to panic but to go about their normal businesses,” Daramola said.