- Fresh details about the crashed military aircraft have been released
- The aircraft which crashed close to the runway of Abuja airport killed all seven people on board
- The identities of the officers on board the crashed plane has been disclosed
Hours after a military aircraft named King Air B350i crashed at the Abuja airport on Sunday, February 21, the names of the seven people on board the ill-fated plane have been identified.
Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for the Air Force, in a statement, released the names of the officers who died in the crash.
Here are the names of the seven people on board the crashed plane.
1. Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain).
2. Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot).
3. Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist).
4. Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
5. Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist).
6. Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist).
7. Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
He also confirmed that the plane crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna, the capital of Niger state.
He had tweeted:
“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 7 personnel on board died in the crash."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said all the seven personnel on board in the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft which crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport died.
It was reported that Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola made this known in a statement on Sunday, February 21.
Ibikunle said the chief of air staff, Air Vice-Marshal I O Amao, has ordered an investigation into this tragic development as he commiserated with the families of the deceased.
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