A student pilot flying a Nigerian Air Force jet has survived a mishap in Kaduna. There has not been any independent account of the incident, but a statement from the Nigeria Air Force said the trainee was flying the Diamond 40 Trainer Aircraft on a solo mission, as part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.
AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said the pilot experienced an airborne emergency , which 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. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident while efforts are ongoing to recover the aircraft, Adesanya said.
The plane force-landed at Kauran Dawa in Saminaka Local Area, an outskirt of Kaduna State.
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