– Fresh details about the crashed military aircraft have been released
– The aircraft which crashed close to the runway of Abuja airport killed all seven people on board
– The names of five among the deceased have been released
Hours after a military aircraft named King Air B350i crashed at the Abuja airport on Sunday, February 21, the names of five of the seven people on board the ill-fated plane have been identified.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, had earlier disclosed on Twitter, adding that the crash was fatal and that the numbers of casualties are yet to be released.
Here are the names of five of the seven people on board the crashed plane.
1. Flt Lt Gadzama
2. Flt Lt Piyo
3. Flg Offr Okpara
4. FS Olawumi
5. ACM Johnson
The names of the remaining crew members were still being awaited.
The Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for the Air Force, confirmed the crash of the military plane and the number of fatalities in a tweet on the afternoon of Sunday, February 21, saying seven people died in the crash.
He also confirmed that the plane crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna, the capital of Niger state.
He had tweeted:
“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 en-route Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said all the seven personnel on board in the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft which crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport died.
It was reported that Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola made this known in a statement on Sunday, February 21.
Ibikunle said the chief of air staff, Air Vice-Marshal I O Amao, has ordered an investigation into this tragic development as he commiserated with the families of the deceased.
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