The Nigerian Air Force has announced the death of one of the two military jets that crashed into a bush at Katampe hill along Kubwa express way in Abuja on Friday.
The death of the deceased pilot was announced in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola.
The statement reads: With a heavy heart, 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”.
Earlier today , the Nigerian Airforce had engaged in aerial display reharsal in preparation for the October 1st Independence Day celebration . Fighters jets are flying within the city center at low altitude when the disaster occurred.
According to an eyewitness account, two occupants of the jets managed to open the safety parachutes and escaped from one of the ill fated jets while the third person could not open and activate his parachute and subsequent crashed into the bush
” I have never seen this type of thing in my life. The two pilots made mistakes , they hit themselves and we heard a loud noise. The next thing was that one of the jet begin to somersault when he lost control. The parachute of one of the pilot could not open for him to escape but two were able to come out before the crash “
The two survivors were later rescued by airforce medical personnel and taken to the hospitals.
The distance of the sites of the incidents was about 200 meters away. As at time of this report the wreckage of the two jets are still smouldering as security operatives condoned off the areas.
Residents who thronged the scene were drove away by armed military officers who have been stationed at the perimeter of the sites of the incident.
Residents of an estate close to the scene said that it was God that safe their lifes saying that the jets would crashed into the estate.