Seven die in Nigerian Air Force plane crash near Abuja airport

In Summary

• The Nigerian Air Force plane had reported engine failure, military spokesman Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola tweeted.

• He added that the plane was on the way to Minna, in the northern state of Niger.

People gathered at the site of the crash on February 21, 2021 morning.
People gathered at the site of the crash on February 21, 2021 morning.
Image: REUTERS

Seven people have died after a Nigerian military plane crashed short of a runway in the capital Abuja on Sunday morning, according to officials.

The Nigerian Air Force plane had reported engine failure, military spokesman Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola tweeted.

He added that the plane was on the way to Minna, in the northern state of Niger.

The chief of air staff has ordered an immediate investigation.

In a series of tweets, the air force asked the public to "remain calm and await the outcome of investigation".

The air force spokesman said that all those on board the small aircraft had died.

A witness told Reuters the smell of burning and chemicals lingered in the air at the site of the crash, in scrubland just outside the airport perimeter.