Air crash: How pilot, Baba Ari, died –NAF

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Squadron Leader MB Baba-Ari, the pilot involved in the air crash in Katamkpe Hill area of Abuja on Friday died of complications from injuries sustained upon impact on the ground.

This was made known by the Nigeria Air Force.

The aircraft were on display rehearsals ahead of the 58th Independence anniversary of Nigeria.

When the crash occurred, the three pilots involved were alive and rushed to the hospital for necessary attention.

However, Baba-Ari later died following the complication from injuries sustained upon impact on the ground.

In a statement he issued, the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said:  “Regrettably, however, one of them later died due to complications from injuries sustained upon impact on the ground.”

He said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, had commiserated with the family of Baba Ari.

 “The CAS has also instituted an air crash investigation to determine the remote and immediate causes of the incident,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolence message to the Nigerian Air Force on the air mishap.

He described the late officer as gallant and wished the two other wounded officers quick recovery.

In a condolence message delivered on behalf of the president at the burial of the officer by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, on Friday in Abuja, Buhari extolled the virtues of the dead pilot.

He said that “he laid down his life in the service of his fatherland at a time that patriotic citizens were needed to join hands to move the nation forward.”

The president gave the assurance that, having paid the supreme sacrifice, the nation would not forget him.

He prayed that God would grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and assured family members that the country would not abandon them.

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