Nigeria: Six feared dead in Nigerian military plane crash

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six people, including the pilot and the co-pilot, died on Saturday when a a Nigerian military plane crashed in the northern city of Kaduna.

Though the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) confirmed the crash, it was silent on the casualties.

NAF Spokesman Air Commodore Dele Alonge said in a statement:  “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Dornier-228 aircraft, with registration NAF030, has crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna. Though no casualty was recorded on ground, there were no survivors among the passengers on board the aircraft.

“The aircraft was Abuja bound and had taken-off at about 6:45am (local time) from the Kaduna Military Airfield before the mishap. Bodies of the passengers have been recovered and fire fighters are already at the crash site to curtail fire from spreading to other buildings within the vicinity.''

NAF has yet to release the identities of the victims and the cause of the crash is not known.

Alonge said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had visited the site of the air crash and families of some of the deceased personnel, in addition to setting up an investigation panel to unravel the cause of the accident.

PANA reports that the crash occurred about two weeks after a Bristow chopper carrying oil workers crashed into the Lagoon in the commercial city of Lagos, killing six of the 12 people on board, including the pilot and the co-pilot.
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29 august 2015 13:03:37

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