One Pilot has been confirmed killed after two Nigerian Air Force jets crashed in Abuja on Friday.
The jets crashed in the Katampe area of the FCT while taking part in rehearsals for the 58th Independence Day celebrations.
The Air Force spokesperson, Ibikunle Daramola, had earlier confirmed the crash, saying:
“I wish to confirm an air incident involving 2 Nigerian Air Force aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the 58th Independence Day Celebrations. Thankfully no lives were lost. Details will be communicated later.”
Mr Daramola later took to Twitter to announced that one of the pilots has died.
“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,” he said in a short statement.
One of the Airforce fighter jet which crashed in Abuja on Friday
According to Premium Times, a source explained how the accident happened.
He said one of the jet’s wing clipped the other, forcing both to go down.
“Only one of the pilots was able to eject, the other one couldn’t (he is one of the best pilots in the Airforce) and he died on the spot,” the source said.
He added that the pilot that ejected did not land well and has sustained a serious head injury. He said the survivor requires urgent surgery.
In his update, Daramola did not provide any details on the surviving pilot.