Plane In Nigeria Crash Part Of Kidnap Rescue Operation

Plane In Nigeria Crash Part Of Kidnap Rescue Operation

The reason for the accident remains to be unknown however officers stated the pilot had reported an engine failure.

Abuja, Nigeria:

Seven individuals on board a army plane died in a crash on Sunday close to Nigeria’s capital Abuja, the nation‘s airforce spokesman stated.

The aircraft was scheduled to conduct a surveillance mission in reference to an operation to rescue dozens of individuals kidnapped from a college Wednesday in close by Niger State.

Gunmen identified domestically as “bandits” killed a schoolboy and captured 42 individuals, together with 27 college students, three lecturers and kinfolk of college workers, officers stated, within the nation‘s newest mass kidnapping.

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered safety forces to free the kidnap victims and the military and police stated they had been monitoring the gang.

The aircraft that crashed Sunday “was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in reference to the concerted efforts to safe the discharge of the scholars/workers,” spokesman Ibikunle Daramola stated in an announcement.

The reason for the accident remains to be unknown however officers stated the pilot had reported an engine failure.

The “Nigerian Air Power (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane crashed whereas returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure,” Daramola stated.

“Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died within the crash,” he added.

Video posted to social media confirmed water cannon getting used to extinguish the flames on the scene, whereas numerous onlookers crowded round.

The airforce stated an investigation into the accident was underway.

Nigeria’s minister of aviation Sirika Hadi additionally confirmed the accident.

We should always stay calm & look ahead to the result of investigation by the army,” Hadi stated in a Tweet.

 

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