Lawan Mourns Military Plane Crash Victims, Asks Authorities to Reinforce Safety Measures
NEWSMAN, Abuja – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has expressed shock and sadness over the tragic news of the crash of a Nigerian military aircraft in Abuja on Sunday.
Lawan sends his condolences to the families of those killed in the accident and prays that Allah would comfort them in this time of grief.
He also commiserated with the Nigerian Air Force and charged the authorities to reinforce their safety measures against future occurrence.
Recall that seven persons died after a military aircraft crashed a few yards off the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja.
Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola stated that the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna.
Vice Marshal Daramola further stated that first responders were already at the scene, adding that all seven personnel on board died in the crash.
According to the NAF spokesman’s statement published on Twitter, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao has ordered an immediate investigation into the accident.
While urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all Nigerian Air Force personnel, commiserated with the families of the deceased.