Seventeen navy officers have misplaced their lives within the final three months in three crashes involving Nigerian Air Pressure jets, The PUNCH studies.
On Sunday, February 21, 2021, seven NAF officers died onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane when the jet crashed in Abuja.
The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed near the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.
Additionally, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, stated an Alpha-Jet plane concerned within the anti-terror struggle towards Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province misplaced radar contact in Borno State.
Two officers have been onboard the lacking jet which was later declared crashed and the whereabouts of the 2 airmen unknown until date.
Recent within the sequence of deadly accidents of NAF jets was Friday crash involving the newly appointed Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
Attahiru and 7 others have been onboard a NAF Beachcraft 350 plane on Could 21, 2021 when the auto chicken crashed close to the Kaduna Worldwide Airport.
“An air crash involving a Nigerian Air Pressure plane occurred this night close to the Kaduna Worldwide Airport. The rapid reason behind the crash continues to be being ascertained. Extra particulars to observe quickly,” the NAF spokesman stated in an announcement.
The frequent crashes of NAF jets have raised considerations across the security of navy aviation in Nigeria. Whereas civil aviation has recorded no crash involving industrial flights in a couple of decade, navy jets have been crashing in fast succession, one which consultants say will not be good for the security file of the nation.