A student pilot with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has survived the training aircraft which crashed landed in Kaduna.

The aircraft crashed in Kauran Dawa, a village in Lere Local government Area.

Reacting to the crash, a press statement issued by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force headquarters, read:

"A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) student pilot has force landed a Diamond 40 Trainer Aircraft on the outskirts of Kaduna while on a solo mission, as part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.

"The incident, which took place today, 19 March 2018, was as a result of an airborne emergency that could not enable the pilot fly the aircraft back to the Base. He therefore force landed the aircraft but with minimal damage to it.

"However, the student pilot, who was the only one on board, suffered minor injuries and is already receiving treatment at the 461 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kaduna".

The statement also said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident while efforts are ongoing to recover the aircraft.