Seven people were killed after a Nigerian military aircraft crashed near the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in the capital Abuja after reporting an engine failure, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force said on Sunday.
The plane was on its way to the city of Minna, which is located about 110 kilometres (68 miles) northwest of the Nigerian capital.
“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,” Ibikunle Daramole said in a statement.
The identities of the victims of the crash were, however, not revealed.
The military has commenced an investigation into the incident, Daramole added, as he said the Chief of the Air Staff reiterated an earlier call by Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika to remain calm.
“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.”
The Beechcraft King Air 350i is a twin-propeller aircraft made by Textron Aviation, a unit of the U.S.-based Textron Inc. conglomerate. The model was first released around 2009.