Young Nigerian Air Force pilot, Flt Lt Taiwo Olufemi Asaniyi, who was about to wed, was among the 12 that perished on Friday aboard a Beachcraft 350 aircraft that crashed at the Kaduna International Airport.
Asaniyi was the pilot of the ill-fated jet which also claimed the lives of his co-pilot, Flt Lt Alfred Ayodeji Olufade, newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and eight others.
Friends and associates of Asaniyi have since taken to the social media to mourn him.
A tweep, @_victor_kings, wrote, “Flight lieutenant T.O Asaniyi. He flew the plane, we had his introduction in March. I was going to be his best man.”
“Ahhh, no now, not Mr Asaniyi. Still saw his WhatsApp status update this week. Dear Lord!” @blessnoyiz expressed shock.
“May their soul rest in peace. My condolences,” @bcube234 tweeted.
Deceased co-pilot, Olufade was said to have wedded just two months ago.
A tweep, @Sir_KB, wrote, “My heart is in pain. I lost my friend. Flight Lt. AA Olufade. He got hitched months back and often teased me to get out of the bachelorhood. Rest well Freddy.”
@OvieNews said, “Rest in Peace Alfred. Flight Lt. AA Olufade just married two months ago. Our Heroes.”
Also, @SodyBar stated, “Olufade is a close associate. He got married February this year. We’re all disheartened!”
“We’re all saddened by his death. Everyone affiliated with Kuje seminary will surely miss him. May the Almighty grant you eternal rest,” @EmekaWilfred wrote.
Friday’s NAF plane crash in Kaduna brings to 17 the number of military officers who have died in the last three months in three crashes involving NAF jets.
It happened roughly seven weeks after a NAF Alpha jet went missing on March 31.
The NAF alpha jet was said to be carrying out a mission against Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State when it went missing at about 6pm.
The plane, with two crew members on board, disappeared from the radar and had not been found till date. The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the pilots also are yet to be known.
Though Boko Haram sect had posted footage of burning wreckage of a plane, claiming that its fighters shot down the aircraft. This was however denied by the Nigerian Airforce.
Similarly, on February 21, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i NAF aircraft also crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport after reporting engine failure on the way to Minna.
Seven crew members on board that jet died. The NAF is yet to make public the investigation about the crash.