A military training aircraft has crashed at the Kaduna airport with all eight persons on board the aircraft feared dead including Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru. The crash occurred about 6 pm this evening May 21. The plane reportedly crashed at the runway, while trying to land, amid heavy rainfall.
A tweet by the Nigerian Air Force confirmed that air crash, involving a @NigAirForce aircraft, occurred near the Kaduna International Airport.
The Air Force spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in the tweet, said the immediate cause of the crash was still being ascertained.
At least 17 military officers have lost their lives in the last three months in three crashes involving Nigerian Air Force jets.
On Sunday, February 21, 2021, seven NAF officers died onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft when the jet crashed in Abuja.
Also, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said an Alpha-Jet aircraft involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province lost radar contact in Borno State.
Two officers were onboard the missing jet which was later declared crashed and the whereabouts of the two airmen unknown till date.