Sad end of Africa’s youngest pilot

Published On: May 12, 2013, 10:51 am (7 years ago)
Author: Direct
-- (m) at 12-05-2013 10:51 AM

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Until tragedy struck, Flying Officer Ayuba Layelmenson, co-pilot of the Air Force Alfa jet that crashed in Niger Republic recently, was a beacon of hope for his family. An officer pilot at the age of 24, the sky was literally his roof in the flying profession. As a matter of fact, Ayuba, a native of Lapan in Gombe State, had bagged an award as the youngest African pilot from a Flying Academy in America.

By sheer cruel fate, his mother had been struck with stroke and the family had looked forward to an improved life given the bright future of their son, who was the youngest of five children. His father, Mr Job Layelmenson is however healthy. But all the expectations crashed with the Air Force jet.

Ayuba and the pilot of the jet, Squadron Leader Benjamin Ado, were stationed in Niger Republic, to fly some soldiers to war-torn Mali, for peacekeeping. The jet had hardly taken off, when it crashed and the two pilots died in the accident. Speaking to Sunday Sun, a relation of the late Flying officer, who did not want his name in print, said Ayuba’s death devastated the family because everybody believed he held out hope of a brighter future for them.

The relation who is a Police officer attached to Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan in Lagos, disclosed that the families of the two pilots had requested for the release of the bodies to them but NAF authorities turned down the request. According to him, the Air Force based the refusal on its decision to give them heroes’ burial. He told Sunday Sun that the two military pilots would be buried at the National Cemetery, Abuja, on Tuesday. The pilot, Squadron Leader Ado, hailed from Benue State.

-- armanimukesh (m) at 12-05-2013 12:13 PM
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Nigerian Nation & Unwarranted Deaths?Huh?
-- Unikpearl (f) at 13-05-2013 09:26 AM
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