Air Force jet crashes in Kaduna; ex-chief of staff dies

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Updated May 2, 2012

A Nigerian Air Force F7-Ni single seat fighter jet, on a routine training exercise, crashed on Wednesday close to the Kaduna International Airport.

A statement released by the director, Air Force Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, said the pilot on board the aircraft ejected safely.

A Search and Rescue Team from the Nigerian Air Force 301 Flying Training School, Kaduna, immediately rescued the pilot who is in a stable condition, the statement said.

The statement said the pilot was receiving treatment at the Nigerian Air Force Aero Medical Hospital, Kaduna. It further said that no fatality was reported on the ground.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The statement also announced the death of retired Air Vice Marshal John Yisa-Doko, Chief of Air Staff from 1975-1980.

He died on Tuesday after a brief illness, the statement said, adding that burial arrangements will be announced later.