UA-201076440-1 NAF to probe Abuja jet crash claiming seven lives out of the plane >>Trustsammy


 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that each one seven people on board a Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft lost their lives when the jet crashed in Abuja.


The names of 5 of the seven people on board Sunday’s ill-fated Air Force plane are given as: Flt Lt Gadzama, Flt Lt Piyo, Flg Offr Okpara, FS Olawumi and ACM Johnson.


The identities of the remaining crew members were still being awaited.


The jet on the way Minna in Niger State crashed on the brink of the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting an breakdown .


In a statement, NAF Director of PR and knowledge , Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal I.O. Amao, has ordered an instantaneous probe. 

Daramola said, “This is to verify that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting breakdown on the way Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died within the crash.


“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an instantaneous investigation into the incident.


“While urging the overall public to stay calm and await the result of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”


Reacting to the crash, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said investigating accidents involving military planes was outside its purview, except upon a selected invitation to try to to so.


General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Tunji Oketunbi, said today, “By the facility established AIB-N, we don't investigate military incidents or accidents except where invites.

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