Seven persons have been confirmed dead following the crash of a Nigerian air force aircraft near the Abuja airport,
Confirming the fatalities and the crash is Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, via his twitter handle. He said the military aircraft Beechcraft KingAir B350i crashed after reporting an engine failure en route Minna on Sunday.
“A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna,” he tweeted.
Similarly , Ibikunle Daramola, director of public relations and information of the Nigerian air force, said the chief of air staff 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,” he said.
The Nigerian Air Force NAF201, a B350 aircraft departed Abuja at 1033UTC with 7 persons on board including 2 crew.
The Aircraft reported engine failure at time 1039 and crashed landed on the final approach path of Abuja Runway