A military plane with the current Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Atahiru and eleven other top military brass crashed on Friday evening of May 21, 2021 killing all the occupants.
The aircraft crashed at the Kaduna international airport. The Ill-fated aircraft was said to have crashed at the airport’s runway.
It was gathered that the plane crashed on the runway, with the 12 people on board, including top military officers and crew members.
The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the incident via a statement issued shortly after the crash.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the incident occurred near the Kaduna International Airport.
“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” he said.
The incident was said to have occurred at about 6 pm while it was raining heavily.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru is said to be among the casualties.
The officers apparently were on their way to Kaduna State ahead of tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.
Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, Akin Olateru, confirmed that the eight souls died onboard.
Beachcraft 350. 8 souls on board. Unfortunately all dead,” Olateru wrote in a WhatsApp note
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