A military aircraft King Air 350 has reportedly crashed close to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja runway after reporting engine failure.
It was gathered that the military plane was en route to Minna, Niger State.
Confirming the crash in a post on Twitter on Sunday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has announced that the accident appears fatal.
He wrote, “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.
“We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.”
The plane belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF201), a B350 aircraft departed Abuja at 1033UTC with 6 persons on board including two crew.
Aircraft reported engine failure at time 1039 and crashed landed on the final approach path of Abuja Runway 22 at time 10:48UTC.
Fire services are already at the scene of the accident as all 6 persons on board are fear dead.
Plane crash in Abuja close to the airport
At the moment, no survivor pic.twitter.com/xzecqivvXT
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