Seven dead as NAF aircraft crashes in Abuja


A Nigerian Air Force jet has crashed in Abuja, killing all seven persons aboard.

The Beechcraft KingAir B350i crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja after reporting engine failure en-route Minna.

The incident was confirmed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force.

“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,” Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said in a statement.

Daramola said first responders were already at the scene, adding that all seven personnel on board died in the crash.

He added that 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 investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased,” the statement added.

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