Air rehearsal accident claims Nigerian pilot’s life


A Nigerian military pilot died after an accident while rehearsing for an air display, an air force spokesman said.

He said two military planes were involved in an accident. Witnesses reported seeing the wings of the planes hit in the air over Abuja with at least one aircraft crashing into a hill in the Mpape district of the city.
“It is with a heavy heart I regretfully announce one of the pilots who successfully ejected from one of the F-7Ni aircraft that crashed earlier today has passed on,” said air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola.

Nigeria is due to celebrate the anniversary of independence from British colonial rule on October 1.