A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) RV-6A Air Beetle Aircraft today crashed in Kaduna while on a mission, a statement from the Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said.
According to the statement, one of the NAF’s experienced instructor pilots, who was the only one onboard the aircraft. was killed in the mishap.
The cause of the incident is unknown and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) has immediately directed a board of inquiry to determine the causes of the crash.
The statement added that the unfortunate incident is a tragic reminder of the hazards associated with the flying profession and the CAS and the entire NAF family commiserate with the relatives of the late instructor pilot.
Van’s RV-6 and RV-6A are two-seat, single-engine, low-wing home built airplanes sold in kit form by Van’s Aircraft. The RV-6 is the tail-wheel equipped version while the RV-6A features a nose-wheel. The RV-6 was the first aircraft in the popular Van’s RV series to feature side-by-side seating and the first to offer a nosewheel option. It was first flown in 1985. Over 2500 kits have been completed and flown.
The RV-6 was the first aircraft in the popular Van’s RV series to feature side-by-side seating and the first to offer a nosewheel option. It was first flown in 1985. Over 2500 kits have been completed and flown.
The RV-6 has a rare distinction in the world of kit built aircraft – it is used as a military training aircraft.
Searching for a suitable trainer that could be assembled in Nigeria using local labour, the government of that country settled on the RV-6A. Van’s produced 60 kits to fulfil the order and these were assembled and test flew in Nigeria, entering service with the Nigerian Air Force in 1989 as elementary training aircraft under the name “Air Beetle”.
The air training school is based at Kaduna, Nigeria. The only other amateur aircraft to have this distinction is the Pazmany PL-1, which was built as a trainer for Taiwan’s Air Force in the 1970s.