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UPDATE: NAF Confirms Pilot Death In Abuja Crash

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The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that one of its pilots died in crash involving two planes rehearsing for Nigeria’s 58th independence day celebration display.
The director of public relations and information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola confirming the incident which happened in Katampe said he would provide details of the incident later.
The statement read “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce that one of the pilots who successfully ejected from one of the F-7Ni aircraft that crashed earlier today has passed on.
May his soul RIP. Additional details on the incident will be communicated later. Thank you‬.”

However, an eyewitness account revealed that the pilot met his death due parachute failure.

The witness who claimed to be one of the first rescue team said other occupants of the plane were wounded because they landed wrongly.
“I saw them in the air coming down, one of them could not remove the parachute so he landed on the ground and died instantly. The two jets clashed themselves in the air and then I saw them dangling.

“I went in to rescue them immediately they crashed, I saw one dead but the other two were still alive. We helped them untie the parachute from their body. When authorities arrived, they threatened to arrest us. They drove us away,” the witness revealed.


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