A Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft King Air B350i (NAF 201) crashed on February 21, killing all seven personnel who were on board at the time of the incident.
The King Air crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja after reporting engine failure en route to Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger state.
According to the Nigerian Air Force, the aircraft was involved in operations related to efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.
Nigeria’s Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has already formed an investigative panel to determine the causes of the accident.
The air force also revealed the identities of the personnel, including the captain and co-pilot, and airborne tactical observation system operators.
The crashed NAF 201 was one of four Nigerian Air Force King Air 350s, which the service has been operating since 2014.