The burial ceremony of the Nigerian pilot, had Senior Military officers and Government officials in attendance who turned up to pay their last respect. Here are photos below;
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force who confirmed the death of the pilot via statement, described the late Baba-Ari as “a gentleman officer, distinguished pilot, dedicated patriot and irrefutable hero of the war on terror”.
In an update on the crash, Daramola also noted that NAF had instituted an air crash investigation into the incident.
The statement read: “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.”
A source who spoke to newsmen, said;
“Only one of the pilots was able to eject, the other one couldn’t (he is one of the best pilots in the Airforce) and he died on the spot.”
According to him, the pilot that ejected did not land well and has sustained a serious head injury which requires urgent surgery.