Group captain Ochai died on Thursday, August 24, 2017, when a NAF aircraft he was flying crashed in Kaduna.
Ochai was survived by his his wife, 3 dauthers, his parents, brothers and sisters, he died doing what he loved most because flying was his passion.
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Group Capt Adanu Gabriel Ochai was born on the 14th of June 1971 to the family of Chief and Mrs David Ochai in Onitsha. He was a native of Otukpa District in Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State.
He attended nursery and primary schools in Benin, lbadan and Lokoja between 1974 and 1982. He was admitted into Command Secondary School lbadan in 1982 and graduated in 1988. In 1989 he was admitted into the Nigeria Defence Academy as a member of 41 Regular Course and upon graduation with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics in 1994 he was commissioned into the Nigeria Air Force as a Pilot thcer.
Upon his graduation from the Nigeria Defence Academy, Group Capt Ochai was initially trained as a Radar thcer and he served in that capacity at 303 FlightTraining School Kano, NAF Detachment Caklabar and AirWeapons School Kainji between 1994 and 1999. In 1999 he was selected for flying training at 301 Flying Training School Kaduna as a member of Student Pilot Course 32 and thus began his love affair with flying. He completed his primary flying training in Kaduna and went to Kano for his Basic FlyingTraining. During the period of flying training, he successfully completed both Junior and Senior Staff Courses atthe Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji respectively. Group Capt Ochai distinguished himself as a flyer and was therefore sent for Instructor Pilot Training at the Oxford Aviation Academy in the UK where he qualified as a Flight Instructor in 2010. He was thereafter posted back to 301 Flying Training School as an Instructor Pilot and during this period he also qualified as aTraining Captain.
After serving for many years in active flying, Group Capt Ochai was appointed Air Assistant to the Chief of Air Staff and later Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff. He served in that capacity until he was nominated for National Defence Course at the National Defence College Bangladesh which he successfully completed in December 2016. in January 2017 Group Capt Ochai was posted to Kaduna to serve as the Commanding Officer, Primary Flying Training Wing of 401 Flying Training School and also as the Director of Quality Assurance andTesting at the Air Force Research and Development Centre, appointments he held until his death on 24th August 2017.