All seven passengers aboard the military Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft that crashed earlier today in Abuja have lost their lives.
This was disclosed in a statement obtained by OduNews.com issued by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information.
The crash took place close to the runway of the Abuja airport after the jet which was on its way to Minna, Niger State reported engine failure.
A private jet just crashed outside the Abuja airport this morning.
Eyewitnesses say that the pilot took the plane to a bush instead of the residential areas it was supposed to crash into.
No survivors reported as at this time. pic.twitter.com/41a0k5SHin
— Hydra 🐺 (@BrianJDennis) February 21, 2021
Meanwhile, the NAF authorities have ordered an immediate investigation into the air crash, according to the statement.
Air Commodore Daramola said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
Daramola said, “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 IO 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.”
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