– Thursday, February 25, has been slated for the burial of seven personnel of NAF who died in the place crash on Sunday, February 21
– The ugly incident happened in Abuja due to engine failure
– According to the report, the NAF authority has begun investigations into the remote and immediate causes of the crash
The seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), who died in plane crash on Sunday, February 21, crash in Abuja would be buried on Thursday, February 25, at the National Cemetery in Abuja.
The Nation reports that a NAF aircraft, Beechcraft KingAir BB305i, crashed as a result of engine failure.
Legit.ng gathered that further investigations into the remote and immediate causes of the crash have commenced.
The victims include Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist) and Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
Others were: Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist), and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
The report noted that prominent Nigerians including President Muhamamadu Buhari, minister of defence, Magashi Salihi, have all condoled with the NAF family, describing the death of the seven personnel as a national tragedy.
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, NAF director of public relations and information, made this known in a statement on Sunday, February 21.
The minister of aviation Hadi Sirika announced the plane crash in a tweet, saying it crashlanded after experiencing an engine failure on way to Minna, Niger state.
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.
In another report, Nigerians were in deep mourning following the crash of a military aircraft named King Air 350 at the Abuja airport on Sunday, February 21.
The unfortunate incident has drawn mournful reactions and condolences from Nigerians. Legit.ng collects some of the reactions.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari sent condolences to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the families, friends and colleagues of the seven victims of the military plane crash which occurred near Abuja airport on Sunday, February 21.
A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, indicates that President was deeply saddened by the fatal crash of the NAF’s Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft.
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