Senior Officers Pay Tributes As Nigerian Air Force Pilot Is Buried
Senior military and government officials on Friday paid tributes as Nigerian Air Force officer, Squadron Leader, Mohammed Bello Baba-Ari was buried.
The dignitaries including the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari; Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others who were at Gudu cemetery where the officer was buried.
The 32-year-old pilot lost his life on Friday when two Nigerian Air Force F-7Ni aircraft participating in the rehearsals for the aerial display to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary celebrations had a mid-air collision.
According to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the three pilots involved in the crash had ejected before their aircraft crashed into the general area Katamkpe Hill, but Baba-Ari succumbed to the injuries he sustained upon impact on the ground.
The two others who were injured in the crash are in stable conditions and currently receiving treatment at the Defence Intelligence Agency clinic in Abuja.
Air Marshal Abubakar also announced that the Nigerian Air Force has since launched a probe into the cause of the crash.