By Joy Odor
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Airforce, Senator Bala lbn Na’Allah representing Kebbi South has commiserated with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao and, the families of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel who lost their lives in an air crash involving a NAF Beechcraft King Air B350i in Abuja last Sunday.
The Senator who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday described the crash as sad and unfortunate.
He called for an investigation into the cause of the air mishap.
Senator Na’Allah was of the opinion that it is a sad thing that the incident happened, adding that after the investigation the cause of the crash would be known.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Airforce also called for more training of the air crew to prevent future occurrences such incident.
According to him, the more NAF trained crew, the less the country are likely to have accidents involving the aircrafts.
“We are not unaware of the fact that just two days ago we had a very unfortunate accident involving NAF Aircraft 350 with seven person’s onboard who we were told that none survived.
“Incidentally they’re personally known to me. We have met several times and we have flown together. One of them is classmate to my daughter.
“They went to flying school together. It is really a very painful death to me and I felt I should cease these opportunity to condole the family of the diseased and in particular the Nigerian Air Force as an institution and the country at large.
T”were on a very important national assignment. Dying in service is the greatest sacrifice you can make to your Nation.
“There is no service that is as important as protecting the territorial integrity of your Nation, in whatever form. Constitutionally we know that it is the responsibility of the armed forces.
I”is really a sad incident and I convey my condolences officially to the government and the people of Nigeria. Specifically, to the families of the diseased.
“On how to prevent further occurrences of such incidence, he said as a professional I am banned from talking about any accident involving plane because we seriously believe in the constitution, to investigate the course of the incident and report back before anybody can make comments.
“It is a sad thing that this incident happened, after the investigation the course of the incident will be known
“More training of the crew will also prevent future occurrences such incident. The more we trained our crew the less we are likely to have accidents involving the aircrafts” he stressed.
It would be recalled that the deceased personnel, who had been in Minna for days conducting ISR missions in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students and staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State, had only stopped at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to refuel before embarking on the fateful return flight to Minna, when the unfortunate incident occurred.