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BREAKING: Officers feared dead as NAF aircraft crashes in Kaduna

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 BREAKING Officers feared dead as NAF aircraft crashes in Kaduna

A military aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Airforce, NAF, has crashed in Kaduna state with manyo fficers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) are feared to have been killed in a plane crash that occurred on Tuesday in Kaduna state.

Details of the incident are still sketchy.

However, the incident involved a training aircraft that had two pilots on board.

The new development comes 11 months after a NAF aircraft crashed in Kaduna.

Recall that the incident, which occurred in May 2021, involved a Beechcraft 350, and the aircraft crashed around the Kaduna international airport.

Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff, and 10 other military officers who were on board when the plane crashed, were killed.

Attahiru was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend a passing-out parade for army recruits.

Following the incident, members of the minority caucus in the house of representatives had asked the federal government to ensure that a “system-wide investigation” is conducted into such incidents involving military aircraft in the country.

In fact, between August 29, 2015 and 2021, Nigeria had suffered 11 military plane crashes with no fewer than 33 military officers perishing.

These include the Air Force plane crash, which killed seven on board (August 29, 2015) in Kaduna; F-7NI jet on October 10, 2015 and Augusta Westland crash in Makurdi (November 15).

In 2021 alone, the Air Force has lost at least three jets. They were the Beechcraft KingAir350i which went down with all seven officers on board in Abuja on March 21, 2021; the Alpha Jet which crashed while supporting troops in the North-East on April 3, 2021 and now the biggest of them all – the crash of a military jet conveying Nigeria’s 25th Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers on board at the Kaduna Airport.

He assumed the post on January 26, 2021.

More details to follow…

 

 

 

 

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