Nigerian military plane crash; 7 dead near capital airport
A military plane slammed in Nigeria on Sunday, killing each of the seven individuals on board, said officials.
The King Air 350 plane had recently taken off from the air terminal in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, when it announced motor failure and attempted to return, said Ibikunle Daramola, a representative for the Nigerian Air Force in a tweet.
“First responders are at the scene. Unfortunately, each of the 7 staff on board died in the crash,” he said.
Hadi Sirika, theminister of aviation, additionally tweeted that the accident
“appears to be fatal,” and asked quiet as an examination by the military is conveyed out. The plane was gone to Minna city, roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Abuja. Observers at the site said the accident was terrifying.
“Everybody there was shouting brimming with disbelief,” Olugbenga Alaade, an govt employee who said he has worked at the airport for a very long time and who saw the accident, disclosed to The Associated Press by phone.
It’s been at any rate 10 years since a plane has smashed at that airport, he said. Photographs of the accident site show dark billows of smoke over pieces of the broke plane. Witnesses told nearby media they saw the plane battling to pivot and return to the airport before the plane exploded.
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