CAS vows to unravel cause of crashed aircraft

By Paul Michael

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has said he will thoroughly ensure that the cause of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft that crashed in Kaduna state on Tuesday would be unraveled.

The crashed aircraft, a Super Mushshak trainer, took the lives of two Pilots, Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu.

According to Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement on Wednesday, the CAS made the vow when he paid a condolence visit to the families of the late pilots.

Gabkwet further revealed that on hearing the sad news, the CAS constituted an Investigative Committee to determine the immediate and remote cause of the crash, The Trumpet gathered.

He said, “The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has stated that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will ensure it thoroughly investigate the cause of the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash that occurred yesterday, 19 April 2022 at NAF Base, Kaduna.

“He stated this when he visited Kaduna earlier today to commiserate with families, friends, and colleagues of the 2 pilots, Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu, who lost their lives in the tragic accident.

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“Air Marshal Amao had constituted an Accident Investigation Board upon receiving the sad news of the crash yesterday, to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crash. While at Kaduna earlier today, he assured the officers, airmen and airwomen of 401 Flying Training School that all measures will be emplaced to avert similar occurrence in the future.

“He also reminded them of the need to remain steadfast and focused on their assigned roles and responsibilities given the onerous task before the NAF and other security agencies to rid the Northwest and indeed the entire Nation of all criminal elements.

“The unfortunate incident of yesterday’s trainer aircraft crash is yet again a tragic reminder of the perilous nature of the military flying profession as well as the risks NAF pilots continually take, daily, to secure Nigeria’s territorial integrity. Kindly bring this information to the awareness of the general public.”

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