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.
A statement by Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, Director of NAF Public Relations and Information said, “First responders are at the scene.
‘Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo 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.
A source said Flt Lt Gadzama, who flew the plane was among the 14 pilots who were decorated by NAF with their “Wings” in 2018 after completion of their flight training in Nigeria and South Africa.
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