People watch as rescuers inspect the debris from a Nigerian air force plane, which crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway according to aviation minister, in Abuja, Nigeria February 21, 2021.REUTERS/ABRAHAM ACHIRGA
Aviation minister Hadi Sirika says King Air 350 ‘crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna’.
A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway due to engine failure.
Aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on his Twitter account on Sunday: “A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna.”
Minna is a city about 110 kilometres (69 miles) northwest of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Sirika gave no details on casualties but wrote the crash “appears to be fatal”.
He added: “We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.”
No other information was immediately available. (Al Jazeera)