Nigerian Passenger Plane Crashes Killing All People on Board

Published February 22nd, 2021 - 06:11 GMT
Caregivers work at the scene of an accident involving a Nigerian military aircraft which crashed killing seven occupants on board at the Airport runway near Nigeria's capital Abuja, on February 21, 2021. A Nigerian military aircraft Beechraft KingAir B350 has crashed killing seven personnel on board while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure. KOLA SULAIMON / AFP
Caregivers work at the scene of an accident involving a Nigerian military aircraft which crashed killing seven occupants on board at the Airport runway near Nigeria's capital Abuja, on February 21, 2021. A Nigerian military aircraft Beechraft KingAir B350 has crashed killing seven personnel on board while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure. KOLA SULAIMON / AFP
Highlights
The city of Minna lies about 110 kilometres (68 miles) northwest of Abuja.

A small Nigerian air force passenger plane has crashed just outside Abuja airport due to engine failure, killing all seven people on board, the air force said.

"First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash," said air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramole said in a statement.

The Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure en route to Minna, he said. 

The city of Minna lies about 110 kilometres (68 miles) northwest of Abuja.

In scrubland just outside the airport perimeter, dozens of military and airport officials picked through the charred remnants of the airplane.

Fire engines and ambulances stood by. 

The smell of burning chemicals lingered in the air but no fire or smoke were visible, a witness said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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