An investigation by the Nigerian Pilot reveals that the Beechcraft King Air BB350i that crashed on Sunday killing the seven crew member on board was manufactured in 1972 and inducted into the Nigerian Air Force inventory in August 2014, 49 years after it was manufactured by the original manufacturer,  and deployed for crew training flights.
The finding further disclosed that the crashed aircraft was operated by the NAF’s 209 Executive Airlift Group (EAG), based at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The plane, a civil utility aircraft, manufactured in 1972,  crashed in Abuja, Sunday, killing the seven personnel on board.
Before the crash, the aircraft was deployed on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) duty in the North West.
Further finding which was also confirmed by NAF authorities revealed that the accident was caused by engine failure, raising questions on the serviceability of the aircraft.
Current data also reveals that the aircraft serviceability rate of the Nigerian Air Force rose from 35% in July 2015 to 82% as of February 2020.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Give Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement, confirmed the plane crash.
According to the statement, “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 Minna.
“First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all seven 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 the investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased”.

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