Nigeria Military Plane Crashed: The plane was going to Minna town, about 100 kilometers north-west of Abuja. Witnesses said the accident was horrific.
Nigeria Military Plane crashed: An Air Force plane crashed in Nigeria on Sunday, killing all seven people on board. The officers provided this information. Nigerian Air Force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola tweeted that the ‘King Air 350’ aircraft had just taken off from the airport in the capital Abuja, when a malfunction in the engine was detected and the aircraft attempted to return.
He said, ‘Unfortunately seven people on board the plane died.’ Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika tweeted that the accident “seems fatal”. He said that the army is investigating the matter. The aircraft was going to Minna town, about 100 kilometers north-west of Abuja. Witnesses said the accident was horrific.
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
– Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola (@ KunleDaramola3) February 21, 2021
Such a horrific accident after a decade
Eyewitnesses say that they have not seen such a horrific accident in a long time. An employee who has been working at the airport for the last nine years told that everyone was screaming badly out of fear after seeing the accident. We have not seen such a terrible accident in the last decade. Smoke from the damaged aircraft was clearly seen in pictures of the incident site. People told local media that the plane was trying to turn and the explosion occurred before reaching the airport.
America expressed sorrow
After this accident, America has also expressed grief and expressed condolences to the families of those killed. The US Mission in Nigeria tweeted, “America expresses condolences to the relatives of the slain soldiers of the Nigerian Air Force”.
Panel set up to investigate the incident
According to a statement issued by the Nigeria Air Force Headquarters, Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao has set up a panel to investigate the incident. Those killed in the crash include Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadjama, Flight Lieutenant Henry Pio, Flying Officer Michael Okpara, Warrant Officer Basi Atime, Flight Sergeant Olasunkami Olavumi, Sergeant Ogochukwu Oluka, aircraft man Adewel Johnson.
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