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Air Force mourns Squadron Leader who died in Rehearsal Jet Crash 



The Nigerian Air Force and the country is mourning the death of a Squadron Leader Mohammed Bello Baba-Ari who passed on Friday after a crash involving two Air Force jets and three officers.

Baba-Ari and the two other officers had successfully ejected from the aircraft but he later passed due to complications upon impact on the ground.

They had been programmed for training on a higher performance aircraft that the NAF is about to acquire, according to Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

In a statement on Friday, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the Director of Public Relations and Information
of the Nigerian Air Force said:

Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7Ni aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the aerial display to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary Celebrations were involved in an air incident today, 28 September 2018. The air mishap necessitated the 3 pilots to eject from their aircraft, which subsequently crashed in the general area of Katamkpe Hill. Regrettably, however, one of them later died due to complications from injuries sustained upon impact on the ground. Thankfully, there were no civilian casualties.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, commiserates with the family of the deceased officer. The CAS has also instituted an air crash investigation to determine the remote and immediate causes of the incident.

Baba-Ari was laid to rest on Friday.


  1. Tayo

    September 29, 2018 at 10:51 am

    May his soul rest in peace. May God comfort his family and colleagues.

  2. Ngozi

    September 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Sincere condolences to his family friends and colleagues. Terrible such a young life was wasted to celebrate absolutely nothing.

  3. nene+

    September 30, 2018 at 6:51 am

    OMG! What a sad loss!
    I wish young people have economic power to decline working for a gerentocratic Nigeria! )A government of the old)
    What exactly is Nigeria proud of at 58 to warrant a death of this young man?

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