A Nigerian Air Force airplane (NAF201) a B350, has crashed shortly after departing the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 10:33 am, en route to Minna, Niger state. The aircraft, which was carrying six persons on board, including 2 crew members reported engine failure at 1039 am and shortly after crashed landed on the final approach path of Abuja Runway 22 at 10:48 am on Sunday. The fire service is currently at the scene of the accident.
All six persons on board were reported to have died.
James Odaudu, Director, Press and Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation confirmed the incident to the press.
Also confirming the incident, Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation said, “A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm and wait for the outcome of an investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.”