Plane crash: Tears as NAF discloses full identity of 7 victims, announces burial arrangement

Plane crash: Tears as NAF discloses full identity of 7 victims, announces burial arrangement

- NAF is still in a mourning mood following the death of its seven officers

- The military personnel heed to the call of death on Sunday in a tragic plane crash

- NAF said the officers will be buried on Thursday at the military cemetery in Abuja

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the burial arrangement for its seven officers who died in a tragic and unfortunate plane crash in Abuja on Sunday, February 21. recalls that the military plane, Beechcraft KingAir B350i, crashlanded at the Abuja airport after experiencing an engine failure on its way to Minna, Niger state.

The minister of aviation Hadi Sirika, who first announced the plane crash in a tweet, called for calm but was unsure of the casualties.

Abuja plane craft: Mourning as NAF discloses full identity of 7 victim officers, announces burial arrangement
The deceased NAF officers will be given a last guard of honour on Thursday at the military cemetery in Abuja. Credit: @NigAirForce,
Source: Twitter

However, in a statement released after the incident by Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, the director of public relation and information, all the officers on the plane were reported dead.

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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.

Family members and Nigerians have since been mourning their untimely departure across social media platforms.

In a subsequent development, NAF said the deceased officers will be buried on Thursday, February 25, at the National Military Cemetry, Umar Musa Ya'adua way in Abuja.

The time, according to a post on the social media handles of NAF, is 9am.

NAF gave the officers; name as:

1. Haruna Gadzama

2. Henry Piyo

3. Micheal Okpara

4. Bassey Etim

5. Olasunkanmi Olawumi

6. Ugochukwu Oluka

7. Adewale Johnson

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Earlier, reported that the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, paid a condolence visit to the wife of one of the personnel of the Nigerian Air Force who died in the Abuja military plane crash.

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Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, an indigene of Ogotun Ekiti in Ekiti state, is one of the seven officers who died in the plane crash on Sunday, February 21.

Governor Fayemi on Tuesday, February 23, met with the wife of the deceased, Mrs Omolola Olawunmi.


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