President Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed his 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.
The Nigerian leader said he joined the Nigerian Air Force, the military, and other Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of the dedicated and courageous personnel.
He noted that the investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing. He prays that God will comfort the bereaved families and nation, and grant the souls of the departed peaceful rest.
It was reported that the Nigerian Air Force’s spokesman, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, 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.
Meanwhile, the unfortunate incident has also drawn mournful reactions and condolences from Nigerians.
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 on board 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. Amen.”
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