Another air mishap for the Nigerian Air force as military fighter jet got involved in the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East on Wednesday night, thereby crashing at the Yola International Airport, Adamawa State. The crash, which is reported to have resulted from a burst tyre had two pilots injured, and have been taken to an Air force military hospital for medical treatment.
The two survivor pilots had succeeded in disembarking from the jet, but however sustained injuries in the process. The ill-fated aircraft crashed around 8pm when the fighter jet on its return from a military operation tried to land at the runway of the International Airport, Yola. The aircraft immediately after crash-landing, was engulfed in fire, however, air safety officials intervened and the fire was put off.
Acting Director Defense Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in Abuja has confirmed the incident, describing the incident as ‘Minor’, said the Air Force aircraft skidded off the runway and stopped at a ditch. All those on board are unhurt and investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing. Brig. Gen. Abubakar, also said that the incident had nothing to do with “enemy fire.”
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This is not the first of such incidents involving an air force jet. Recall that in October 2015, a Nigerian Air Force F7-Ni fighter jet had also crashed in Yola, killing everyone on board. The fighter jet which was similarly returning from a mission to its Air force base, reportedly crashed due to bad weather in Hong local government area of Adamawa.
In a series of Air force fighter jet mishaps recorded in the past one year, a Nigerian Air Force aircraft also crashed on Saturday, August 29, 2015, in Kaduna state, killing 7 people. The aircraft took off at the Nigeria Air Force base in Kaduna and crashed into the nearby Ribadu cantonment shortly after take-off.