Nigeria Air Force plane crash caused by engine failure
The Nigerian Airforce has confirmed the death of seven of its personnel on board the King Air B350I aircraft that crashed in Abuja after reporting an engine failure en route Minna, Niger state.
In a statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
“This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en route 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 Isiaka Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
“While urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased,” Daramola said.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced earlier in a tweet that “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 & wait for the outcome of the investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any”