An Airforce Plane Crashes In Abuja, Nigeria

An Airforce Plane Crashes In Abuja, Nigeria

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It was a sad day today hearing about the crash of the Nigerian Airforce Plane on its way to Niger state on a surveillance mission to secure the release of the abducted students in Kagara, Northern Nigeria. All 7 on board were killed!

People and rescuers gather at the site where a Nigerian air force plane crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway, according to the aviation minister, in Abuja, Nigeria February 21, 2021.
Scene of the crash, Photo courtesy bbc.com

Unfortunately, the exact cause of the crash is not yet known, but preliminary investigations cite engine failure. The president of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the deceased in a statement he gave. Onlookers were marveled at the site as they poured in to witness the devastating event. Many commended the pilot for being able to steer the aircraft away from surrounding homes and instead opting to set down in a grassy area devoid of buildings.

Air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola said that all those on board the small aircraft had died. Vice Marshal Daramola also told the BBC that the aircraft was on a mission to try to rescue 42 people, including students and staff abducted from their boarding school in the town of Kagara on Wednesday, when it turned back following engine failure.

bbc.com

It was a sad day indeed as the aircraft exploded on impact. An investigation as to what exactly caused the crash will follow in due course.

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