Nigerian Air Force Plane Crashes in Kaduna – Report
A plane belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) crashed in Kaduna, PRNigeria reported.
The online media, which has ties to Nigerian security institutions, said the plane is a trainer.
“While details of the incident are still unclear, sources told PRNigeria that two pilots were on board the aircraft at the time of the incident,” the newspaper reported.
The Air Force has yet to speak about the crash at the time of this report. Its spokesman, Edward Gabkwet, did not respond to phone calls and text messages from PREMIUM TIMES.
However, an aviation officer who does not want his name mentioned confirmed the incident to this newspaper.
The officer who is also a pilot and resides at the air force base in Kaduna said one of the two occupants of the plane was a trainee.
He said, however, that the details were still hazy for insiders as senior officials concealed the information.
Kaduna is one of the most bandit-troubled states in northern Nigeria.
Hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped in the state over the past year.
Kaduna is also the state where bandits attacked a moving train on March 28, killing some of the passengers and kidnapping dozens more.
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the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has suffered losses over the past year, losing at least four of its aircraft and several personnel.
At least 20 officers also died during these tragic incidents, including senior army officers.
The most notable of the accidents was the one involving the late army chief of staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other people last year.
The crashes occurred even as the Air Force tries to acquire more equipment to help fight insurgents and bandits in various parts of the country.
The most recent is the acquisition of new aircraft and other equipment worth $1 billion from the US government. The purchase has been approved by the US government, but the equipment has not yet been delivered.
Previously, 12 Super Tucano fighter jets were also acquired for the United States Air Force.
The jets were sold to Nigeria by the United States to facilitate combat actions and aerial assaults.
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