The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that seven personnel died during the crash of one of its military aircraft in Abuja.
The military aircraft, Beechcraft KingAir B350i crashed at Bassa Airport Village recently after engine failure was reported.
In a statement, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of public relation and information, said in that the aircraft crashed while flying back to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure while flying to Minna.
Also, he said all the 7 personnel that were on board died in the crash.
The Air Vice-Marshal made it known that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), AVM Oladayo Amao, has ordered that an immediate investigation should be carried out in respect of 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.”