Aircraft came down in Abuja after reporting engine failure, says aviation minister.
Six people died when a military plane crashed on Sunday short of the runway in Abuja, Nigeria, after suffering an engine failure, investigators said.
The country’s aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, said the incident involved a twin-turboprop King Air 350 aircraft which “crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna”.
He urged people to “remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any”.
It was reported that six people were onboard the Nigerian Air Force aircraft – including two crew
After reporting an engine failure shortly after departure the 11-seater crashed on the final approach path of Abuja’s runway 22.
A statement from the Accident Investigation Bureau said that the aircraft departed Abuja at 10.33am GMT (11.33am local time) with four passengers and two crew.
“Fire services are already at the scene of the accident. All six persons onboard reported dead.”