Nigerian Air Force plane crashes in Benue


Photo: The wreckage of the crashed aircraft 

Nigerian Air Force plane crashes in Benue

A Nigerian Air Force FT-7NI trainer aircraft has crashed in Benue State.

The incident happened on Friday evening, during a routine training exercise.

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Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, has confirmed this in a statement.

Gabkwet, however, said that the two pilots onboard the aircraft survived and were being observed in a military facility.

He said: “Luckily, the two pilots on board survived the crash after successfully ejecting from the aircraft.

“Additionally, there was no loss of lives or damage to any property around the area of impact.

“Both pilots are currently under observation at NAF Base Hospital, Makurdi.

“Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Hassan Abubakar, has constituted a Board of Inquiry to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash.”

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