Seven folks on board a navy plane died in a crash on Sunday close to Nigeria’s capital Abuja, the nation’s airforce spokesman mentioned.
The airplane was scheduled to conduct a surveillance mission in reference to an operation to rescue dozens of individuals kidnapped from a college Wednesday in close by Niger State.
Gunmen identified regionally as “bandits” killed a schoolboy and captured 42 folks, together with 27 college students, three lecturers and family members of faculty employees, officers mentioned, within the nation’s newest mass kidnapping.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered safety forces to free the kidnap victims and the military and police mentioned they had been monitoring the gang.
The plane that crashed Sunday “was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in reference to the concerted efforts to safe the discharge of the scholars/employees,” spokesman Ibikunle Daramola mentioned in a press release.
The reason for the accident remains to be unknown however officers mentioned the pilot had reported an engine failure.
The “Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane crashed whereas returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure,” Daramola mentioned.
“Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died within the crash,” he added.
Video posted to social media confirmed water cannon getting used to extinguish the flames on the scene, whereas numerous onlookers crowded round.
The airforce mentioned an investigation into the accident was underway.
Nigeria’s minister of aviation Sirika Hadi additionally confirmed the accident.
“We must always stay calm & look forward to the result of investigation by the navy,” Hadi mentioned in a Tweet.
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