In a statement issued on Sunday by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari extended his heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and colleagues of those who died as a result of this tragedy.
According to the statement, President Buhari said he is joining the Nigerian Air Force, the military and other Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of the dedicated and courageous personnel, who died in the line of duty.
He explained that investigations into the cause of the crash were ongoing.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, had in a statement confirmed the death of all the seven persons on-board the aircraft.
He noted that the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna.SEE
FULL STATEMENT HERE:
PRESIDENT BUHARI SENDS CONDOLENCES TO NAF, FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF MILITARY PLANE CRASH
President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened by the fatal crash of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft on Sunday in Abuja that claimed the lives of seven personnel.
On behalf of the Federal Government, President Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and colleagues of those who died as a result of this tragedy.
The President joins the Nigerian Air Force, the military and other Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of the dedicated and courageous personnel, who died in the line of duty.
President Buhari notes that while investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing, the safety of the Nigerian airspace remains a key priority of the government.
He prays that God will comfort the bereaved families and nation, and grant the souls of the departed peaceful rest.
In the same vein, Fayemi, in his response said “So sad to learn of the death of seven Air Force officers, including one of ours from Ekiti, FS Olawunmi, in the Abuja air crash. May their souls rest in peace. May the Lord comfort their families in this difficult moment.”
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode said “The plane crash that took the lives of 7 of our compatriots in Abuja today was a sad & horrific tragedy of monumental proportions. My prayers are with the families of those that were killed. I call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances & cause of the crash.”