Young Nigerian man dies in plane crash while flying solo

Young Nigerian man dies in plane crash while flying solo

NAIJ.com gathered that a young Nigerian pilot lost his life in a plane crash while flying solo in Everglades, Miami, USA, recently.

According to reports from NBC Miami news, the Nigerian pilot identified as Mark Ukaere, was involved in a plane crash on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Ukaere who had attended the Dean international flight school to obtain an advanced certification, was flying solo in a Cessna 152 in which he crashed.

The ill-fated plane which was said to have been reported missing around 10pm on that day, and was found by an air rescue unit around 1:58am, in an area near homestead general aviation.

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Mark Ukaere died while flying a Cessna 152 solo. Photo: NBCMiami

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The Miami-Dade police said the missing plane had been called in by the owner of the dean flight school, prior to it's discovery. Ukaere's body was found on the grass where it was thrown from the crashed plane.

Ukaere's roommates confirmed that he was a licensed pilot, and that he had also been missing since Saturday night.

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The owner of the flight school, Robert Dean, said:

The individual was qualified to fly the aircraft, but he broke every single company policy. In our minds, we thought that he had already taken off, and he was doing what’s called a solo cross country. Sunday went by. People went looking for the aircraft but could not find it, and then Tuesday was the holiday, the Fourth of July.”

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The site of the plane crash Photo: NBCMiami

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Dean also said the deceased was not qualified to fly solo, especially in the dark:

He took off, and he went to what’s basically called ‘the black hole. It’s completely pitch dark there. You really don’t know whether you’re right side up or upside down. Flying in a ‘black hole,’ the plane spirals down and crashes straight in."

A trainer at the school also said Ukaere didn't have enough experience to enable him fly alone. He said:

You take your time, you log your hours, but those hours do not really guarantee the right experience or the right to control the aircraft. Some people get it in 20, some people get it in 60. So it is really sad, but it is not discouraging at all because it is motivation to investigate that occurrence — what happened, what was the effect of it and to learn from it.

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Ukaere was said to be inexperienced at flying solo Photo: NBCMiami

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Dean however confirmed that Dean would be missed, as he was a nice person. He said:

It’s horrible. He was a very nice person, was friendly with everybody up here, but, you know, he didn’t follow the rules.”

The cause of the crash is still being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

This is sad! RIP!

Meanwhile, see this video of the Nigerian Air Force winging 10 of their flying officers:

Source: Naija.ng

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