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On Sunday 21st of February 2021, Seven people died after a Nigerian airforce plane crashed short of a runway in the capital Abuja.
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It was reported that the plane which was on its way to Minna for a rescue mission of 42 people who had been kidnapped earlier, had reported engine failure.
Air Vice Marshall Daramola tweeted thus:
‘AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), @CAS_IOAmao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. While urging the general public to remain calm & await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.’

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Vice Marshal Daramola also told the BBC that the aircraft was on its way to safely liberate students and staff abducted from their boarding school in the town of Kagara on Wednesday when it turned back following an engine failure. The most significant aspect of this sad event is the fact that one of the pilots, Haruna Gadzama, according to reports and eyewitnesses, saved the nation from a major disaster by avoiding the residential buildings as the plane was falling. Haruna Gadzama has been described as a patriot by his colleagues and unto death, he chose to save the lives of  Nigerians as he had always done while alive. Featured Image Source: @NigeriaStories – Twitter
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This article was first published on 23rd February 2021


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  • Saddens me to hear about this tragedy. What a loss to humanity when good people like him are taken.

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