Air Crash: Pilots Recuperating In Makurdi


Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said its two pilots who successfully ejected from an ill fated aircraft in Makurdi have been evacuated to Abuja and are recuperating well.

A statement by the director of public relations and Information Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet in an update on the aircraft said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Hasan Abubakar on, 17 July 2023, visited the two NAF pilots at a facility in Abuja where they are receiving treatment.

He said the two pilots successfully ejected from the crashed FT-7NI trainer aircraft which occurred last Friday in Makurdi.

“The pilots, who were flown to Abuja on the directive of the CAS for extra medical care and attention, were in stable condition and recuperating well after ejecting from the ill-fated aircraft” he said.

The CAS, who was accompanied by the NAF Chief of Medical Services Air Vice Marshal Anthony Ekpe, expressed delight on seeing the pilots who were in high spirits and looking forward to getting back on their feet and resuming work as soon as possible.

The air chief commended the two pilots for their courage and commitment to ongoing training efforts in view of NAF’s counterinsurgency and counterterrorism commitments, while assuring them of NAF’s readiness at providing them with the best of medical care to ensure their quick recovery.

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