The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday said seven persons onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B 350 i aircraft died when the jet crashed in Abuja.
The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.
In a statement , NAF Director of Public Relations and Information , Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola , said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao , has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
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Daramola said, “ This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B 350 i 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 investigation , the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel , commiserates with the families of the deceased.”
The PUNCH had also reported that the Accident Investigation Bureau said that it does not investigate military incidents or accidents except when invited .
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General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB , Mr Tunji Oketunbi , in a message sent to The PUNCH, said, “ There was an accident involving a military aircraft . By the power established AIB -N , we do not investigate military incidents or accident except where invited .”
Meanwhile, many Nigerians on social media including former Vice – President Atiku Abubakar have expressed condolences to the affected families and the Nigerian military .