Nigeria: 7 Killed As Nigerian Military Aircraft Crashes Near Abuja Airport

Air force says King Air 350 crashed after reporting engine failure, killing everyone on board.

Nigeria: 7 Killed As Nigerian Military Aircraft Crashes Near Abuja Airport
Rescuers and people gather near the debris of the plane



A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed near the Abuja airport, killing all seven people on board, according to officials. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash, Ibikunle Daramole, air force spokesman, said in a statement today, Sunday. The Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed, while


returning to the Abuja airport after reporting an engine failure en route to Minna, he said. Minna is a city about 110km 69 miles northwest of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. In scrubland just outside the airport perimeter, dozens of military and airport officials picked through the charred remnants of the aeroplane. The Fire engines and the



ambulances stood by. The smell of burning chemicals lingered in the air but no fire or smoke was visible, a witness told the media. The air force said investigation into the crash was under way. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of the investigation also by the military, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika said in a Twitter post. Witnesses at the site said the crash was



very terrifying and Everybody there was screaming full of disbelief, Olugbenga Alaade, a government employee who said he has worked at the airport for nine 9 years and who saw the crash told the media by phone. Photos of the crash site show black clouds of smoke over parts of the shattered plane. Witnesses told local media they saw the plane struggling to turn around and get back to the airport before the plane exploded.