The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that two of its aircraft crashed in Abuja on Friday.
The accident happened when the aircraft were carrying out their daily rehearsal ahead of their display during Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary on October 1.
Spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said that no life was lost.
The accident, according to source happened in Katampe hills in Abuja.
The two pilots were said to have ejected from the aircraft.
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
— Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola (@KunleDaramola3) September 28, 2018
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had on September 17, told Abuja residents that it was carrying out aerial display as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 58th Anniversary in Abuja.
“Consequently, there will be movement of NAF aircraft within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from now till October 2, as NAF pilots commence rehearsals for the occasion,” he said.
Daramola said that the fighter aircraft would be flying at low level during the rehearsals.
“The NAF, therefore, wishes to advise members of the public not to panic but to go about their normal businesses,” Daramola said.
Details on the two fighter planes that collided would be released later.