Seven die as NAF plane crashes in Abuja

Seven persons onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft have been confirmed dead by the Nigerian Air Force on Sunday, when the jet crashed in Abuja.

The Plane which was on the way to Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement, said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.

According to Daramola, “This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

“While urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”

Meanwhile, the General Manager, Public Affairs, Accident investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr Tunji Oketunbi, in a statementsaid, “There was an accident involving a military aircraft. By the power established AIB-N, we do not investigate military incidents or accident except where invited.”

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Several Nigerians on social media including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar have expressed condolences to the affected families and the Nigerian military.

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