At least seven people were killed after a Nigerian Air Force passenger plane crashed short of a runway in the capital Abuja on Sunday morning.
According to the details, due to engine failure, the passenger plane in Nigeria crashed outside Abuja airport, killing all seven people on board, the air force said.
The Nigerian Air Force plane had reported engine failure, military spokesman Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola tweeted. He added that the plane was on the way to Minna, in the northern state of Niger.
The chief of air staff has ordered an immediate investigation.
In a series of tweets, the air force asked the public to “remain calm & await the outcome of investigation”.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), @CAS_IOAmao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. While urging the general public to remain calm & await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.
— Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola (@KunleDaramola3) February 21, 2021
After the horrifying accident, 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.