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Pilot dies as Nigerian Airforce plane crashes in Kaduna

A trainer aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed killing the pilot, Group Capt Adamu Gabriel Ochai, on-board. Captain Gabriel Ochai, a married father of three was the only one on board at the time of the incident.

The incident reportedly happened 4:25pm on Thursday 24 August, 2017, at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) permanent site Afaka, along Kaduna International Airport road.

Nigerian Airforce confirmed the crash in a statement issued by their director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya. 

Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Air Beetle Aircraft today (yesterday) crashed in Kaduna while on a mission. “The only soul on board the aircraft, one of NAF’s experienced instructor pilots, was lost during the mishap.  The cause of the incident is unknown, but Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash. The unfortunate incident is a tragic reminder of the hazards associated with the flying profession. CAS and the entire NAF family commiserate with relatives of the late instructor pilot.You are, please, requested to use your medium to disseminate this information for the awareness of the general public. We thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

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