March 20, 2019

Student pilot escapes death as aircraft forced to land

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine why a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) student pilot force landed a Diamond 40 Trainer Aircraft on the outskirts of Kaduna.

The student pilot, however, survived the mishap while efforts were ongoing to recover the aircraft.

Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, in a statement, said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) student pilot was on a solo mission, as part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.

“The incident, which took place today (yesterday), Monday, 19th March, 2018, was as a result of an airborne emergency that could not enable the pilot fly the aircraft back to the Base.

“He therefore force landed the aircraft but with minimal damage to it. However, the student pilot, who was the only one on board, suffered minor injuries and is already receiving treatment at the 461 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kaduna,” he said.

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