– Reactions have continued to trail the plane crash that killed some officers of the Nigerian Air Force
– Associates of Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama have extolled his virtues
– The Nigerian Air Force has already commenced an investigation into the cause of the crash
Friends of a pilot of the Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF) B350i aircraft that crashed in Abuja are mourning the death of their colleague.
The authorities have disclosed that Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama from Borno state was one of the pilots of the ill-fated crash.
His schoolmates from the Air Force Secondary School in Kaduna have sent a condolence message to the family of the late officer.
His associates under the group, Ex Junior Pilots Chapter, in a post on Facebook, described him as a hardworking officer of the Nigerian Air force who will be missed.
The message read:
“We are saddened by the tragic death of Flt Lt CH Gadzama of 07 Set of Air Force Secondary School Kaduna on the Sunday 21th of Febuary 2021.He was a Jovial and hardworking Officer of the Nigerian Airforce.
“Our condolence in the loss of our Member,many of us knew him personally and his personal traits was well loved, He will be missed. On behalf of the Ex Junior Pilot Association [EX-JPs],We extend our deepest sympathies to The NAF and His Family during this period of mourning. May his Gentle soul rest in peace.”
Similarly, a Twitter user, Lem Wamdeo, said the pilot was her cousin, described the crash as a sad incident.
Also, a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie has paid a tribute to the officers that died in the crash.
Onochie in a Twitter post shared a picture of some of the officers who lost their lives in the incident.
She thanked them for their service to the Nation and sympathised with their families over the tragedy
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has disclosed its Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft that crashed on Sunday, February 21, was scheduled to take part in a mission to rescue the abducted Kagara students before it crashed.
A spokesperson for the Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed in a statement that the aircraft crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure en-route Minna.
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