Nigerian navy airplane crashes close to Abuja airport, killing all seven on board
Witnesses advised native media they noticed the airplane struggling to show round and get again to the airport earlier than the plane exploded
Lagos: A navy airplane crashed in Nigeria on Sunday, killing all seven folks on board, mentioned officers.
The King Air 350 airplane had simply taken off from the airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, when it reported engine failure and tried to return, mentioned Ibikunle Daramola, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Pressure in a tweet.
“First responders are on the scene. Sadly, all seven personnel on board died within the crash,” he mentioned.
The Chief of the Air Employees (CAS), @CAS_IOAmao, has ordered a direct investigation into the incident. Whereas urging most of the people to stay calm & await the result of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the households of the deceased.
— Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola (@KunleDaramola3) February 21, 2021
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, additionally tweeted that the crash “seems to be deadly,” and urged calm as an investigation by the navy is carried out.
The airplane was headed to Minna metropolis, roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Abuja.
Witnesses on the website mentioned the crash was terrifying.
“All people there was screaming filled with disbelief,” Olugbenga Alaade, a authorities worker who mentioned he has labored on the airport for 9 years and who noticed the crash, advised The Related Press by cellphone. It’s been a minimum of a decade since a airplane has crashed at that airport, he mentioned
Images of the crash website present black clouds of smoke over elements of the shattered airplane. Witnesses advised native media they noticed the airplane struggling to show round and get again to the airport earlier than the airplane exploded.
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