Just In: Nigerian Air Force confirms 7 dead in Abuja plane crash

The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that seven persons, including the crews, lost their lives in the crash of its Beechcraft KingAir B350i near Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday.

Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola, spokesperson for the Air Force confirmed the crash of the military jet and the number of fatality in a tweet on Sunday afternoon.

Rescuers and people gather near the debris of a Nigerian air force plane, which according to the aviation minister crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway, in Abuja, Nigeria February 21, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

He also confirmed that the plane crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna, the capital of Niger State.

He added that first responders are at the scene on the incident while the Chief of the Air Staff has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

He tweeted, “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

“@CAS_IOAmao has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. While urging the general public to remain calm & await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”

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