UPDATE: 7 Passengers Died In Abuja Crash — Air Force Reveals




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In a new update, the on Sunday said that as many as seven passengers onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B350i 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 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.

Daramola said, “This is to confirm that a 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 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 investigate incidents or accidents except when invited.

General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, in a message sent to The PUNCH, said, “There was an accident involving a aircraft. By the established AIB-N, we do 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.