The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Attahiru has been reportedly killed in a plane crash in Kaduna, The Republican News has learnt from military sources.
Gen. Attahiru who was newly appointed chief of army staff on January 26, succeeding Tukur Buratai. He was 54.
We were also informed by a military source that his wife was aboard the same plane so, as no one was said to have survived the crash, it means his wife also died along with him.
Aircraft accident report obtained by The Republican News confirmed and read as follows: A Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft 350 with registration NGR203 from Abuja to Kaduna Military diverted to Kaduna civil due to weather but touch down and skidded off Runway 05 and went into flames. The aircraft had 8 persons on board and 4 crew.
The accident occurred at time 1759UTC.
Safety services are currently at the crash site.
Further report from the crash site confirmed aircraft completely burnt and unfortunately no survivor Sir.
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The Nigerian Air Force has issued a statement confirming that there was a crash, but did not immediately say the personalities onboard.
“An air crash involving a Nigerian Air Force aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” Edward Gabkwet
Major Lawal Hayat, the ADC to late Chief of Army Staff, was among those who perished in the ill-fated military aircraft that crashed in the Kaduna Airport this evening May 21