Abuja plane crash: NAF confirms seven personnel on board died

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday confirmed the death of seven of its personnel in its Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en route Minna, Niger State.

Confirming the incident in Abuja, the NAF Director of Public Relations, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola stated that first responders were already at the scene of the crash.

According to him, “the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. 

He further added that while urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of an investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserated with the families of the deceased.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had earlier confirmed the incident via his Twitter handle when he wrote: “A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm and wait for the outcome of the investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.”

Following the development, both military personnel and officials of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) and other security agencies sealed off the scene of the incident while rescue operations lasted.
Also, scores of journalists who rushed to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja when the news filtered into town were disappointed as they were denied entry by stern-looking security personnel.

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