Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Nigeria. Plane crash at Abuja airport. Seven people are dead


A small passenger plane, belonging to the Nigerian air force, crashed in the capital of Abuja shortly after take-off, during an emergency landing, reports the Reuters agency. As reported by the military, seven people died, that is, all those present on board.

The crash took place on Sunday at the international airport. Nnamdi Azikiwe in the capital of Nigeria. A small passenger plane, owned by the Nigerian military, was flying from Abuja to the city of Minna, located about 110 kilometers northwest of the country’s capital. As reported by the local portal Vanguard, the pilot reported engine problems at 10:39 a.m. shortly after take-off. The machine crashed during an emergency landing attempt nine minutes later.

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Air Force: Seven dead

“The King Air 350 military plane crashed near the Abuja runway after reporting an engine failure on its way to Minna,” said Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika on Sunday immediately after the incident. He wrote that the accident looked tragic, but gave no more details. “We should remain calm and wait for the results of the investigation conducted by the military, while praying for the victim / victims, if any,” appealed the minister.

Hours later, the Air Force issued an accident statement. – There are lifeguards on site. Unfortunately, all seven people on board were killed – an air force spokesman who went to the crash site said.

A small passenger plane crashed in Abuja shortly after take-off Reuters

Smell of chemicals in the air

In the bushes on the outskirts of the airport, dozens of military personnel search the scattered remains of the plane, and the air smells of burning chemicals, one witness reported in an interview with Reuters.

As he added, there are also fire engines on site, although the fire is not visible.

Beechcraft King Air are twin-engine passenger airliners designed for short and medium-haul flights. These machines are powered by two turboprop engines, which ensures low operating costs.

Main photo source: Reuters



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