Air Force confirms death of 7 persons in military aircraft crash near Abuja airport

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the death of all occupants of the military aircraft which crashed near the Abuja airport on Sunday afternoon.

The aircraft KingAir 350 crashed near the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna.

In a short statement on Twitter, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, NAF spokesperson, said all seven personnel on board died in the crash.

He wrote: "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.

"The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), @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."

Reports said that the aircraft crashed barely 15 minutes after departing Abuja airport.

A video from the scene of the crash also depicted that the crash was “bloody”. 

One of the eyewitnesses was heard agonizing: “this is bloody. This is dead bodies”.

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