BREAKING: Nigerian Air Force Plane Crashes In Kaduna, Kills 7 [UPDATED]

An air plane belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed at the old Nigeria Defense Academy (NDA) in Kaduna.

The aircraft reportedly crashed at about 6.45am, ten minutes after take off on Saturday.

The site of the crash is also called Ribadu Cantonment.‎

‎According to Daily Trust, the two pilots are believed to have died in the crash.

The plane which fell between two houses in the Cantonment, consumed one of the houses as it went up in flames on impact.

The newspaper reports that the site of the crash has been cordoned off by military personnel, who stopped people from getting close.

The NAF is yet to issue an official statement on the crash at the time of this report.‎
The Nigerian Air Force aircraft, which crashed on Saturday morning has been identified as a Dornier-228 twin-turboprop plane.
The NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said all passengers and crew on board the aircraft were killed.
It was learnt that those on board the ill-fated flight included the pilot, co-pilot, two engineers and three passengers
Mr. Alonge in a statement, said the aircraft, with call sign NAF030, crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna.
“Though no casualty was recorded on ground, there were no survivors among the passengers onboard the aircraft”, he said.
According to Alonge, the aircraft was Abuja bound and had taken off at about 6:45am 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”, he added.
Also, the Chief of the Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an air marshal, has aborted his official trip to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Mr. Alonge said in the statement.
The Air Chief is now set to visit the site of the crash and families of the deceased personnel in company of the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, AVM Alikali Mamu.
In addition, the statement said Mr. Abubakar has set up an investigation panel headed by an Air Vice Marshal to unravel the cause of the accident with immediate effect.


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