A military aircraft has crashed in Abuja. The photos of the pilot and co-pilot can be found below:
The aircraft, King Air 350 en-route to Minna crashed at Bassa Airport Village on Sunday morning, February 21, after reporting engine failure
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika confirmed the crash in a tweet and said it “appears to be fatal”.
The Minister also urged Nigerians to be calm and wait for the outcome of an investigation by the military.
He wrote: “A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.”
Video shared online shows firefighters battling the blaze from the crash scene. There are also unconfirmed reports that there is no survivor.
The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed the death of seven personnel after one of its military aircraft crashed in Abuja.
The military aircraft, Beechcraft KingAir B350i crashed at Bassa Airport Village on Sunday morning, February 21, after reporting engine failure.
Air Vice–Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of public relation and information, said in a statement that the aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en route Minna.
He also said all the 7 personnel on board sadly died in the crash
The Air Vice-Marshal also confirmed that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), AVM Oladayo Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the crash.
He wrote: “This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 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 (CAS), @CAS_IOAmao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. While urging the general public to remain calm & await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”
By Jide N.