The President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has described the death of the personnel involved in the Abuja crash as an “unfortunate loss”.
All seven passengers on board the Minna bound Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft lost their lives on Sunday after the jet crashed due to engine failure.
Reacting through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari sent condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the seven victims.
He said: “Deeply saddened by the fatal crash of the @NigAirForce KingAir B350i aircraft today in Abuja, that claimed the lives of seven personnel. On behalf of the Federal Government, I extend heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and colleagues of those who died.
“I join the Nigerian Air Force, the military & all Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of our dedicated & courageous personnel, who died in the line of duty. I pray that God will comfort the bereaved families & the nation, and grant the souls of the departed peaceful rest.”
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola – NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed the tragic accident on Sunday.
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 enroute Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash.”
Speaking further Daramola revealed that Chief of the Air Staff – Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an investigation of the incident.
He sent condolences to the family of the deceased, urging Nigerians to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), @CAS_IOAmao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. While urging the general public to remain calm & await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased,” Daramola concluded.
Toke Makinwa to host first ever BBNaija highlights on Showmax Tuesdays, Saturdays
Lawmaker blames ASUU over quality of education in Nigeria
Olympic: Canada stun US to set up women’s football final with Sweden
UNIBEN announces resumption dates for 2020/2021 academic session
Strike: NARD vows to resist FG’s no-work-no-pay directive
US, Russia clash over embassy staffing despite talks
Hushpuppi: Ex-RRS Commander Tunji Disu replaces suspended DCP Abba Kyari
Gov Emmanuel fancies Akwa United to conquer Africa
Sound Sultan: 18 things to know about throat cancer
Court acquits ex-NBA President of N1.4bn fraud charge
Igboho, Kanu: Who is naive now? BY Adekunle Ade-Adeleye
Expertise in household chores doesn’t make better wives – Blessing Okoro
Nigerians blast American rapper, Bia, for saying she doesn’t know Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido
VIDEO: Angry indigene calls out road contractor over substandard road project in Edo
Mourinho tells Ozil his girlfriend slept with everyone at Inter, Milan – Perez audio leaks
Naira Marley’s signee, Zinoleesky acquires brand new car
VIDEO: Will I remain single if someone sweeps over my feet with a broom?
VIDEO: Gani Adams rallies Benin Republic monarchs for Sunday Igboho
FIDIO: Ǹjẹ́ Gbogbo Akitiyan Ìjọba Láti Mú Ẹ̀yìn Olóyè Sunday Ìgbòho Balẹ̀ Yìí Tọ́ Àbí Kò Tọ́?
VIDEO: Pastor Tunde Bakare declares National Movement
VIDEO: CCTV footage of nine-year-old suspect setting Prince Ebeano supermarket in Abuja on fire
VIDEO: Bandits release 28 abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School
VIDEO: Ladipo Market traders clash with security operatives
VIDEO: I passed through a lot in Oman, assaulted, owed wages, drugged and deported – Funmilayo Fehintola
Sports23 hours ago
French Super Cup: Lille beat Paris-Saint Germain 1-0
News24 hours ago
Nigeria, EU partner to improve COVID-19 vaccine supply
News13 hours ago
COVID-19: NCDC announces 407 new infections as doctors strike begins
Sports14 hours ago
Olympics: D’Tigress crash out after defeat to Japan
News15 hours ago
NNPC earns N2.129trn from petroleum sales
Sports8 hours ago
Netherlands’ Hassan clinches women’s Olympics 5000m gold
Sports15 hours ago
Lionel Messi ‘banned’ from Barcelona training – Report
News9 hours ago
Uzodinma recalls Attorney general three months after sack