The Nigeria Air Force, NAF, has released the names of officers who died in the Beechcraft Kingair B350i plane crash in Abuja on Sunday.
A statement by the Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, said the officers are; Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System specialist).
Others included Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS specialist), Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
The fighter jet, which was heading to Minna in Niger State, crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.
According to the NAF spokesman, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
“This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash,” he said.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.”