A military aircraft named King Air 350 has crashed at the Abuja airport, minister of aviation Hardi Sirka announced on Sunday, February 21, as many souls died.
The plane, according to the minister of aviation, crashlanded after experiencing an engine failure on way to Minna, Niger state.
Sirika said the tragic incident was fatal and there is a possibility of all the passengers on board losing their lives to the crash.
The minister, however, called for calm as Nigerians wait for the outcome of investigation by the military authorities.
“A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna.
“It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of the investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any,” the minister said in a tweet.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
In his word, he said:
“The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.
“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,” Daramola said.