Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and seven other military chiefs were on the Military Beachcraft 350 aircraft before it crashed somewhere in Kaduna.

Iran PressAfrica: Nairametrics reported that the Nigerian Air Force has confirmed in a statement that there was an accident involving one of its aircraft in Kaduna, but did not go into details. 

“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” the statement signed by Edward Gabkwet, the force’s Director of Public Relations and Information, read.

Not less than 17 military officers have lost their lives in three crashes involving Nigerian Air Force jets in the last three months.

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, seven NAF officers died onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft when the jet crashed in Abuja.

Also, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said an Alpha-Jet aircraft involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa Province lost radar contact in Borno State.

Two officers were on board the missing jet, which was later declared crashed, and the whereabouts of the two airmen unknown to date.

Three months later, a small Nigerian air force passenger plane crash occurred outside Abuja airport following alleged engine failure, killing seven people on board. 

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, has had a poor air safety record in the past, although it has improved in recent years.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Attahiru alongside other military chiefs in January after years of mounting criticism over spreading violence by insurgents and armed gangs.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, ISIS West Africa Province, have waged a decade-long insurgency estimated to have displaced about 2 million people and killed more than 30,000.


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