Military Confirms Crash of NAF Jet in Kaduna, Set up Investigative Panel


Nigerian Military has confirmed the crash of a Nigerian Air Force Aircraft, a Donnier 228 which crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna today, Saturday August 29,killing all passengers on board.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday said he has set up a panel to investigate circumstances surrounding the crash of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Dornier-228 aircraft with call sign NAF030.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters.

According to the statement, the panel is headed by an Air Vice Marshal.

The statement said the chief of air staff has aborted his official trip to Port Harcourt and would visit the crash site and families of some of the deceased personnel.

It said the chief would be accompanied by the Air Officer Commanding Training Command, AVM Alikali Mamu during the visit.
According to the statement, the aircraft crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna on Saturday killing all passengers on board.
“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Dornier-228 aircraft, with call sign NAF030, has crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna.
“Though no casualty was recorded on ground, there were no survivors among the passengers on board the aircraft’’, the statement said.

It said the aircraft was Abuja bound and had taken-off at about 6.45a.m. from the Kaduna Military Airfield before the mishap.

Alonge said the bodies of the passengers had been recovered while fire fighters had been mobilised to the crash site to curtail fire from spreading to buildings.

Similarly, our correspondent gathered that seven people on board the aircraft, comprising the crew members and the passengers, died in the crash.

North-West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Musa Ilallah, confirmed the crash and the casualty figure.

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