Chief of Army Staff Attahiru Ibrahim, seven others die in Kaduna plane crash

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It was learnt that the ill-fated aircraft crashed at the airport’s runway about 6 pm.

Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, Akin Olateru, confirmed that the eight souls died onboard.

 “Beachcraft 350. 8 souls on board. Unfortunately all dead,” Olateru wrote in a WhatsApp note.

The Nigerian Air Force has also confirmed that an aircraft crashed near the Kaduna International Airport on Friday.

The force confirmed this in a statement by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Edward Gabkwet.

It tweeted, “An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon.”

It was also learnt that the Chief of Army Staff Attahiru Ibrahim, was among those that died in the crash.

The ill-fated Beachcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the airport’s runway about 6 pm.The officers apparently were on their way to Kaduna State ahead of tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.

Details later…