Two Nigerian Air Force F-7NI Fighter Jets Collides Mid-Air While Rehearsing for Independence Day Flypast

Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7NI fighter jets collided mid-air on Friday while rehearsing for the flypast celebrating Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day.

One of the aircraft reportedly crashed onto the Mpape hill in Abuja, the country’s capital, killing its pilot.

The death of one of the pilots involved in the crash was initially confirmed by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) Headquarters Nigerian Air Force. He added that the pilot was able to successfully eject from the aircraft following the crash but died later.

F-7 is the export variant of Chengdu J-7, the Chinese license-built version of the Soviet-era MiG-21 interceptor aircraft. In early 2008, Nigeria procured 12 F-7NI fighter jets and three FT-7NI jet trainers to replace the existing fleet of MiG-21 aircraft. The first batch of F-7s arrived in December 2009.



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