The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that all the seven personnel on board the Beechcraft KingAir B330i, which crashed on Sunday at Abuja airport, died.
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This was according to a statement on Twitter by Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information Headquarters of the force.
He wrote: “AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT.
“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.”
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, had earlier confirmed the crash via his Twitter handle.
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He said the military aircraft crashed after reporting an engine failure en route Minna, Niger State.
“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,” Sirika had said.
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It is not clear if the aircraft was heading to Niger, in continuation of efforts to rescue persons kidnapped by bandits in Kagara on Wednesday.