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Abuja Plane Crash: Residents Salute Late Pilots

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Abuja Plane Crash: Residents Salute Late Pilot

Residents of Nassau Village in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have heaped praises on the two pilots who flew the Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF) B350i aircraft that crashed.

As reported on Newsrand, the military aircraft crashed near Abuja airport, killing all seven people on board, according to officials.

“First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash,” Ibikunle Daramola, air force spokesman, said in a statement.

The pilots who were identified as Flight Lieutenants Ciroma Haruna Gadzama from Borno State and Piyo Henry Piyo from Plateau State were saluted for averting greater casualty figure.

According to the residents, the late pilot even at the point of death ensured that the plane didn’t crash in a residential area.

A resident, who simply identified himself as Gboyega, said he saw the aircraft struggling to land but it eventually crashed and burst into flames.

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Gboyega applauded the pilot of the aircraft, as he stated that the pilot averted what would have turned out to be “a greater casualty figure.”

His words: “The pilot tried not to crash the plane on buildings because it was almost falling on some structures before it eventually dropped where there was no building.

“It burst into flames after crashing and people in their respective homes around the area ran out in fear.

“If not for the pilot’s efforts, we would have seen a greater casualty figure.”

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Another resident, who witnessed the accident, Ebube Onyedi, said they initially took the loud sound that characterised the crash for a bomb blast.

“The accident happened around some minutes to 11am this (Sunday) morning and it caused confusion in Nassau, which as you can see is one of the communities bordering the Abuja airport.

“Many of us ran out of our houses when we heard the explosion. It really caused so much panic, as initially, people thought it was a bomb blast,” he struggled to say while still catching his breath.

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Abuja Military Plane Crash: Victims To Be Buried

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Abuja Military Plane Crash: Victims To Be Buried

The seven Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers who died in the military plane crash that happened on Sunday, February 21, 2021, will be buried at the National Cemetery, Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja, on Thursday, February 25.

The NAF disclosed this in an invitation to journalists.

The Beechcraft King Air B350i in which they were flying crashed short of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after reporting engine failure.

The deceased include the Captain, Fl. Lt. Haruna Gadzama; Fl. Lt. Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot); Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System Specialist); Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist); Fl. Sgt. Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist); Sgt. Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist) and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

The tragic incident generated an outpouring of grief nationwide while the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, ordered an investigation into the mishap.

The CAS said the deceased personnel, had been in Minna, Niger State, for days conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions in connection with the efforts to secure the release of the 42 students and staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

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Buhari Presides Over Virtual FEC As Members Honour Gen. Abdallah

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a minute silence in honour of former Kwara State Military Administrator retired Brig.- Gen. Ahmed Aboki Abdallah, who died recently, was observed by the cabinet members.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, called on the cabinet members to stand in honour of the departed, who was a former Minister of Communications.

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Late Abdallah served as Minister of Communications and later Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports during the military regime when President Buhari was the Head of State.

He later became the Military Administrator of Kwara State from 1987-1988.

NAN observed that the Council meeting is being physically attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Ten Ministers including those of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Justice, Abubakar Malami, Agriculture Sabo Nanono and Education, Adamu Adamu are also attending the meeting.

Others at the meeting are the Ministers of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar, Trade, Industry and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, and labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan and other Ministers are participating in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja online.

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