- Nigerians are reacting to the unfortunate crash of a military aircraft in Abuja on Sunday, February 21
- All the seven personnel on the crash have been confirmed dead
- Former VP Atiku and many other Nigerians have taken to Twitter to offer their condolences and pray for the families of the dead victims
Nigerians are in deep mourning following the crash of a military aircraft named King Air 350 at the Abuja airport on Sunday, February 21.
Hadi Sirka, the minister of aviation announced first broke the sad news on Twitter, explaining that the aircraft crashlanded after experiencing an engine failure on way to Minna, Niger state.
The unfortunate incident has drawn mournful reactions and condolences from Nigerians. Legit.ng collects some of the reactions from Twitter below:
Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, reacted on Twitter:
"I have just learnt of the crash of a military aircraft near Abuja. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those onboard the ill-fated flight."
Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, @ShehuSani, said:
"For those who perished in the Abuja Plane crash,May their souls Rest In Peace.May the Almighty give their families the fortitude to bear the loss.Ameen."
FS Yusuf, @FS_Yusuf_, said:
"My heart goes out to the families of the deceased of the Air Force plane crash close to the Abuja Airport runaway. This is a very sad news to behold. May souls of the departed find eternal peace."
DREYLO, @RealDreylo, said:
"May the souls of the victims at the Abuja Airport crash Rest In Peace. Such sad news today"
Aisha Yesufu, @AishaYesufu, said:
"Oh No! There were casualties?! Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun.
"May their souls rest in peace. May God give their families the fortitude to bear the loss. This is tragic"
Dr. Dípò Awójídé, @OgbeniDipo, tweeted:
"May the souls of everyone who died in the ill-fated flight to Minna, Niger State rest in peace. May God console their families, loved ones and friends."
Bulama Bukarti, @bulamabukarti, said:
"Sad to hear the news of the crash of our King Air 305. My thoughts & prayers with the families of those involved. May the departed souls (if any) rest in peace. Our country is going through hard times, but we shall emerge stronger. Let's remain united and continue to do our bit."
Former lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, @benmurraybruce, said:
"My condolences to the Nigerian military, families and loved ones of all Nigerian Airforce personnel on King Air 350. May their be souls rest in peace. Sad day."
Meanwhile, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, the Nigerian Air Force's spokesman, has also confirmed the crash, adding that all seven personnel on board died.
According to Daramola, the aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna, Niger state.
He said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
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