Seven passengers aboard the military Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft that crashed earlier today in Abuja have all lost their lives.
This was disclosed in a statement obtained by Igbere TV issued by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information.
Igbere TV recalls that 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.
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 enroute 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 investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”