Nigerian Airforce Confirms Death Of 7 Personnel In Aircraft Crash, Reveals Reason For Accident (Photos and Video).
Seven persons were killed in a military aircraft that crashed a few yards off the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja on Sunday.
Confirming the incident, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola stated that the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure while en route Minna in Niger State.
Daramola said in the statement that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
Nigerian Military Plane crashes near Abuja Airport
According to him, “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 the investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”
This is as the Accident Investigation Bureau said that it does not investigate military incidents or accidents except when invited.
General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, said in a message reported by The PUNCH, that, “There was an accident involving a military aircraft. By the power established AIB-N, we do not investigate military incidents or accidents except where invited.”
Meanwhile, many Nigerians on social media including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President Bukola Saraki have expressed condolences to the affected families and the Nigerian military.
Atiku said: “I have just learned of the crash of a military aircraft near Abuja. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those on board the ill-fated flight.”
Saraki, on his official twitter handle @bukolasaraki, said: “At this time, my prayers are with the Nigerian Air Force and the families and friends of the military personnel involved in today’s Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane crash.
“I pray for strength for the families.”
FRSC returns N420,000 found at crash site to deceased family
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has returned N420,000 cash found at an auto crash site at Akinfosile, along Lagos-Ore expressway, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, to the family of the deceased.
Olusegun Aladenika, the unit commander in Ore, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ore.
Mr. Aladenika said the money belonging to late Nnamdi Okoro was returned to his family member, Chidiebere Nnewe, after a written undertaking with full identification by the Nigeria Police, Omotosho Division and the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Worker (NURTW) Igbotako branch.
The FRSC boss said the ghastly motor accident involving a green Toyota Picnic, with registration number BEN 417 CV, and a white Lexus RX 350 SUV, with registration number FKJ 788 GT, happened on Feb. 18 around 8.30 am at Akinfosile.
He added that the driver and a passenger in the Toyota Picnic died immediately.
The FRSC boss, who said that the crash occurred because of overspeeding, however, urged motorists to always be patient when driving on the highways in order to avert loss of lives and property.
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