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Names of military personnel killed in the Abuja plane crash has emerged.
Recall the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), earlier today confirmed that one of its aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure en-route Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has instituted an investigative panel to determine the remote and immediate causes of the accident.
Meanwhile, the NAF said it has notified the Next of Kins/family members of the deceased.
The following are the seven officers who lost their lives in the crash.
Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain).
Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot).
Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist).
Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist).
Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist).
Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
Meanwhile, the CAS visited the scene of the accident earlier, in company with the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired); Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, and other Service Chiefs.
The CAS, on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, commiserated with the families of the deceased personnel and prayed that the Almighty God grants their souls eternal repose.