By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Chief of Staff to President Muhmadu Buhari, Abba Kyari on Friday visited the two pilots that sustained injury in the air crash involving two military aircraft in Kubwa area of Abuja.
The incident was said to have happened when the military aircraft’s collided in the air in the course of rehearsals for the 58th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
Kyari who was at a military health facility in Asokoro District of Abuja to see the injured pilots on behalf of President Muhammafu Buhari said the President had already been briefed on the mishap and said to wish them well.
He said: “I wish you quick recovery.The President said we should come and see you and wish you well, he is fully aware, he has been informed on what happened. We are proud of your service to your country.”
Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Saddique, described the incident as the tragic nature of the job, adding that as combat pilots terrible things could happen sometimes.
He said: “Well I think that is the tragic nature of our job. As combat pilot, sometimes things terrible happen and this is one of those days. These officers have been rehearsing for the 58th anniversary of their country, everybody was full of enthusiasm, excited to be part of the celebration, unfortunately we had this incident this afternoon.
“We have set up a board of enquiry to clearly understand what really happened. This was supposed to be the last rehearsal before the actual flying on the 1st of October.
“It is very unfortunate that we lost one of them, but we are also consoled by the fact that we have two of the pilots here who are on stable condition, they have been visited by the Chief of Staff and I have also visited them
“Like I said this is something that has to do with the profession of flying combat aircraft and sometimes you can’t avoid these things from happening.”