A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed on Sunday at the Abuja airport, killing all seven personnel on board.
A minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, who confirmed the sad news on his Twitter page, said that 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.
“It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.🇳🇬🤲🏽😩,” he tweeted.
A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.🇳🇬🤲🏽😩
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) February 21, 2021
Also confirming the crash, 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 seven 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 22 at time 1048UTC.
We learned that Fire services are already at the scene of the accident.
Watch videos from the scene of the crash below:
— P.M. NEWS (@pmnewsnigeria) February 21, 2021
The pilot is a hero!
This aircraft should have crashed into the residential area but we watched him maneuver into a free bush to crash. 😭😭😭😭 Abuja Airport pic.twitter.com/mqg7VVHPEf
— Bliss Oharisi (@blissoharisi) February 21, 2021
Video footage showing the site where the Nigerian Air Force NAF201 aircraft crashed on the final approach path of Runway 22 at the Abuja Airport today
All 6 on board reported dead 😞😞 pic.twitter.com/7nWjTnFdJV
— Naija (@Naija_PR) February 21, 2021