The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced that two CAC F-7NI jet fighters had crashed on 28 September during a rehearsal for the 1 October military parade celebrating Nigeria’s 58th anniversary of independence.
The NAF did not elaborate on the cause of the crashes, only saying that the three pilots had ejected, although one subsequently died of injuries sustained in his landing. The number of pilots involved indicated one of the lost aircraft was a twin-seat FT-7NI conversion trainer.
Nigeria is known to have taken delivery of 12 single-seat F-7NI and three FT-7NI jets in 2010. Prior to the 28 September crash, three F-7NI and one FT-7NI were known to have been lost in accidents.
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