The military aircraft King Air 350 carrying passengers crashed in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Nigeria in a few distances away form the runway after reporting engine failure.
The incident occurred barely a few minutes after taking off. Whether the pilot have got a clue or warning of any technical issue remain sketchy.
This was reported via the official Twitter handle of the Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika writes; A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any.
According to another eyewitness, nobody survived.
He tweeted: “A chartered flight just crashed at the Abuja Airport now. Everything burnt gosh Loudly crying face
“Not a single survivor!
“The pilot is a hero! This aircraft should have crashed into the residential area but we watched him maneuver into a free bush to crash.”
The number of passengers on board the military aircraft remain unknown as the time of filing this report.
Below is the video footage;
However, there are casualties following the report as shared by the minster.