Hundreds of military and airport officials combed through the charred remains of the plane in scrubland just outside the airport’s perimeter.
The air force said a small Nigerian air force passenger plane crashed near Abuja airport on Sunday after reporting engine failure, killing all seven people on board.
Rescuers and people gather near the debris from a Nigerian air force plane that crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway.(REUTERS)
According to air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramole, the aircraft, a Beechcraft King Air 350i, was on its way to Minna, which is 110 kilometres (68 miles) northwest of the capital.
According to Daramole, the plane “crashed while returning to Abuja Airport after confirming engine failure.” “Firefighters have arrived on the scene. Regrettably, all seven people on board perished in the crash.”
According to Daramole, the chief of the air force has ordered an inquiry into the crash.
Hundreds of military and airport officials combed through the charred remains of the fuselage in scrubland just outside the airport’s perimeter, as fire engines and ambulances stood by.
The odour of burning chemicals lingered in the air, but there was no apparent fire or smoke. From behind a cordon, onlookers observed the rescue efforts.
“He (the plane’s pilot) tried to get back to the airport as he was going down, and in the end he just crashed,” Alaba Lawal, who witnessed the accident, said.
“I just saw the whole thing go up in flames and smoke… I arrived to find dead bodies on the ground.”
The names of those killed in the crash were not released by the Air Force.
Textron Aviation, a subsidiary of the Textron Inc conglomerate, produces the Beechcraft King Air 350i, a twin-propeller aircraft. In 2009, the model was first launched.