NAF Releases Names And Details Of All Officers Killed In Abuja Military Plane Crash

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The Nigerian Air Force has unveiled details about the seven officers that lost their lives in the military plane crash that occurred on Sunday in Abuja.

The details were released in a statement on Sunday evening by the NAF spokesperson, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola.

The statement also revealed that the aircraft was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

Daramola again used the opportunity to console all those who lost loved ones in the unfortunate air accident and prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead ones.

The identities of those who lost their lives in the crash as confirmed by the NAF statement are:

1. Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain).
2. Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot).
3. Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist).
4. Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
5. Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist).
6. Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist).
7. Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

The full statement reads: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), earlier today, 21 February 2021, 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 enroute Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

As earlier stated, 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.”

“While the panel has commenced its work, the NAF, having notified the Next of Kins/family members of the deceased, regretfully announces that the following 7 personnel lost their lives in the crash:
a. Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain).
b. Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot).
c. Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist).
d. Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
e. Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist).
f. Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist).
g. Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

“Earlier, the CAS visited the scene of the accident, in company of 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, once more commiserates with the families of the deceased personnel and prays that the Almighty God grants their souls eternal repose.”

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