Two fighter jets were on a training mission when one, a Chinese F7 jet, went up in flames after it failed to lift off from the runway at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), a witness said.
The pilot died in the crash while another occupant of the aircraft escaped with injuries.
The oil-rich country”s Aviation Minister Fidelia Njeze, who was at the airport when the plane crashed, also joined the rescue team.
Airport fire fighters struggled to put off the flame after which Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) arrived to clear the wreckage for the immediate resumption of flight.
Several flights were rescheduled due to the crash.
The Nigerian Air Force headquarters has set up an accident investigation panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident, officials said.