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How an Air Force trainer Aircraft crashed in Kaduna state killing Abubakar Alkali

An Air Force trainer Aircraft has reportedly crashed in Kaduna state, with the two pilots on board feared dead. Abubakar Alkali, a Flight Lieutenant of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been identified as one of the officers killed when a military aircraft crashed in Kaduna State.

The aircraft, believed to be a Super Mushak, reportedly crashed within the NAF base while on a training mission.

A statement signed by one Alhaji Sule Dauda confirmed Alkali as one of the pilots onboard the ill-fated aircraft.

Dauda added that the deceased had already been buried according to Islamic rites at the NAF base Central Mosque in Kaduna.

It was learnt that the late Alkali recently received an award as the best international cadet from the Royal Air Force in Britain.

Although the Airforce authorities are yet to confirm the incident, a security sources say the trainer Aircraft crashed at the Air Force training base in Kaduna during a training session on Tuesday.

The aircraft reportedly belonged to the 401 flying training school. The 401 flying training school of the Nigerian Airforce has continued to fulfil its statutory role of providing effective flying training for almost 40 years as evidenced by the quality of its graduands over the years.

However, This is not the first time that an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Airforce is involved in such mishap either within or outside its training facilities.

In 2018, a pilot sustained injuries after a jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force was involved in a mishap in Kaduna state .

The student pilot was said to have forced-landed the aircraft – a Diamond 40 trainer – on the outskirts of Kaduna while on a solo mission as part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.

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