Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Attahiru and seven others were killed in a plane crash in Kaduna.

On Friday, a military Beachcraft 350 plane crashed at Kaduna International Airport, killing all eight people on board, including Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the newly named Chief of Army Staff.

The ill-fated plane crashed at the airport’s runway around 6 p.m., according to the PUNCH.

Akin Olateru, the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau’s Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, announced that eight people died on board.

“Beachcraft 350,” says the narrator. There are 8 souls on board. Sadly, they’re all dead,” Olateru wrote in a WhatsApp message.

In addition, the Nigerian Air Force announced that one of its planes was involved in an accident in Kaduna, but did not provide further information.

“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred near Kaduna International Airport this evening. The crash’s immediate cause is still being investigated. More information will be released soon, according to Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information.

In three crashes involving Nigerian Air Force jets in the last three months, at least 17 military officers have died.

Seven NAF officers were killed when a Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane crashed in Abuja on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Also on March 31, 2021, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, said an Alpha-Jet aircraft fighting Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province lost radar contact in Borno State.

Two officers were aboard the missing plane, which was later declared crashed, and the two airmen’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Source: Punch Nigeria


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