According to information, a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet crashed in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, on Friday. At the moment, there is limited information available regarding the incident.
However, a military insider revealed that both individuals aboard the aircraft, who serve in the Nigerian Air Force, successfully ejected and sustained no injuries.
The source said, “An FT7-NI aircraft crashed today in Makurdi. The cause of the crash could not be immediately ascertained. It had two Airmen onboard. They ejected unhurt from the jet.”
In a statement released on Friday, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, verified the occurrence of the incident. He stated that the crash transpired during a training session and mentioned that the pilots are presently being monitored at the NAF Base hospital.
Additionally, Gabkwet informed that the Chief of Air Staff has initiated an investigative board to ascertain the cause of the crash.
The statement read, “A Nigerian Air Force FT-7NI trainer aircraft crashed today, 14 July 2023, at about 4.15 pm in Makurdi, Benue State, while on a routine training exercise. Luckily, the 2 pilots on board survived the crash after successfully ejecting from the aircraft. Additionally, there were no deaths or damages in the impact area.
“Both pilots are currently under observation at NAF Base Hospital, Makurdi. Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has constituted a Board of Inquiry to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash.”
According to a report by The PUNCH, in February 2023, an Air Force jet experienced a mid-air tire failure, leading to an emergency landing at Lagos Airport. Remarkably, there were no casualties as the aircraft successfully landed on its underbelly.
Furthermore, in April 2022, a trainer aircraft crashed in Kaduna, resulting in the tragic deaths of two pilots who were on board.