- The United States government has made an official statement over the military plane crash in Nigeria
- Many Nigerians have expressed sadness over the air mishap
- The Nigerian Air Force has commenced an investigation to ascertain the cause of the crash
The United States government has sent a condolence message to the Nigerian government over the Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF) B350i aircraft that crashed in Abuja on Sunday, February 21.
The condolence message was conveyed in a tweet via the official Twitter handle of The US mission in Nigeria.
The mission also sent condolences to the Nigerian Air Force and family members of those who suffered losses in the crash.
The message read:
"The United States expresses sincere condolences to the @NigAirForce, family members and all Nigerians for the loss of life in today’s aircraft crash.''
In another news, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has disclosed its Beechcraft KingAir aircraft that crashed on Sunday, February 21, was scheduled to take part in a mission to rescue the abducted Kagara students before it crashed.
A spokesperson for the Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed in a statement that the aircraft crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure en-route Minna.
He said the plane was to assist in carrying out surveillance missions over Niger state and its environs as part of the rescue efforts.
Meanwhile, friends of a pilot of the Nigerian Air Force’s aircraft that crashed in Abuja are mourning the death of their colleague.
The authorities have disclosed that Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama from Borno state was one of the pilots of the ill-fated crash.
His schoolmates from the Air Force Secondary School in Kaduna have sent a condolence message to the family of the late officer.
Also, a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie has paid a tribute to the officers that died in the crash.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.