Nigeria 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.
AirVice 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.
Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika first broke the news of the crash in a Twitter message saying the aircraft reported engine failure at time 10.39 a.m. and crashed landed on the final approach path of Abuja Runway 22.
“Fire services are already at the scene of the accident,” he said.
AVM Daramola however 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.”
A video clip circulating the social media showed several citizens who gathered at the scene to watch the fire service trying to put out the huge fire on the fuselage of the plane that was badly burnt.
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) on Sunday confirmed the crash of an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian military at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Oketunbi said “It is a military aircraft and the crash is outside our jurisdiction to comment.
” I will advise you call the NAF PRO for detail”.
Also, an industry source also confirmed to NAN that the aircraft belongs to the Nigerian Air Force.