Breaking: Nigeria Air Force releases the names of officers who died in Sunday’s plan crash

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The names of Nigeria Air Force officers who died in Sunday’s plane crash in Abuja have been released by the NAF.

Recall that the Beechcraft Kingair B350i aircraft en route Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport.

The jet had crashed after suffering engine failure.

The NAF confirmed the crash which said seven people died.

Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF spokesman, has released the names of those involved in the crash.

According to the statement issued by Ibikunle Daramola listed the names of the officers; 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 NAF spokesperson also said the Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, the Chief of the Air Staff, has ordered an immediate investigation into the crash.

“This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en route Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

“While urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased,” he said.

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