A Nigerian military aircraft crashed near Abuja airport, killing all seven people on board, Ibikunle Daramole, air force spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday.
The plane, a Beechcraft King Air 350i, was on its way to the city of Minna, 110 kilometres northwest of the capital.
The aircraft “crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure,” said Daramole. “First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash.”
The chief of the air force has ordered an investigation into the accident, Daramole said.
In scrubland just outside the airport perimeter, dozens of military and airport officials picked through the charred remnants of the fuselage as fire engines and ambulances stood by.
The air force did not provide the identities of those killed in the crash.
The Beechcraft King Air 350i is a twin-propeller aircraft made by Textron Aviation, a unit of the U.S.-based Textron Inc conglomerate. The model was first released around
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
— Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola (@KunleDaramola3) February 21, 2021