The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the air crash involving the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft King Air B350i aircraft.
Earlier, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who announced the tragic air mishap on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, said the crash was fatal, as no crew member survived.
“A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route to Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of an investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any,” Sirika tweeted.
Confirming the crash in a statement, Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola urged the public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.
He noted that the Chief of the Air Staff on behalf of all NAF personnel commiserates with the families of the deceased.
He said: “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 en route to Minna.
First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash”.
The names of the officers on board the NAF 201 B350 Aircraft are as follows: “Flt. Lt. Gazama,  Flt. Lt. Piyo, Flg. Offr. Okpara, FS Olawumi, and ACM Johnson.

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