Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has expressed deep sorrow following the crash of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft.

A statement issued by her Special Assistant on Media, Nneka lkem Anibeze, yesterday in Abuja, expressed sadness over the crash and loss of lives.

The plane was said to have developed an engine problem six minutes after take-off and crashed nine minutes after the problem was reported.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic occurrence. I sympathize with the Nigerian Air Force and the families of those who lost their lives in the crash.

“The Nigerian Air Force has been of immense help to our humanitarian activities since the creation of the ministry. They have helped to airlift humanitarian relief for Persons of Concern, POC, especially during the lockdown period to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 and to victims of the flood, banditry, communal clashes and other disasters.

“We appreciate the services of the aircrew, especially the pilots who have put in hundreds of hours of flying us to and fro areas affected by disasters and other humanitarian issues.

“We pray that God will console the families they left behind and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of their dear ones,” Farouq said.

Seven passengers were reportedly onboard the ill-fated aircraft including two crew members.

The plane was en-route to Minna when it crashed short of the Abuja runway.

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