Nigeria: Military aircraft crashes near Abuja airport

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A military aircraft has crashed near the airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

The country’s Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, announced the mishap on Twitter on Sunday February 21, 2021.

“A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. It appears to be fatal,” the Minister said in the tweet.

She added, “We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul(s) if any.”

Site of the crash

According to a report, six persons onboard the military aircraft” have been killed after the plane crash landed in Abuja”.

The six people comprised two crew members and four passengers.

The aircraft, a NAF201 B350, was said to be Minna, Niger State bound when it developed engine problem around 10:39 am.

It was said to have crash landed at the final approach path of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport runway 22 around 10:48am and immediately gutted fire.

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