ABUJA, 22 February 2021 – Seven people have been killed in a Nigerian military plane which crashed Sunday morning short of the runway of the Abuja International Airport.

A spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force tweeted that the plane developed engine failure.

Abuja Plane Crash - Photo The Bharat Express News

Abuja Plane Crash – Photo The Bharat Express News

It was on the way to Minna in the northern state of Niger on a mission to rescue 42 people who had been kidnapped there, officials said Sunday.

The plane turned around and tried to make it back to Abuja once it developed engine failure.

Abuja Military Plane Crash - Photo Channels Television

Abuja Military Plane Crash – Photo Channels Television

Those abducted included students and staff kidnapped and taken away from their boarding school in the town of Kagara on Wednesday.

Nigeria’s chief of air staff has ordered a probe into the crash.

Air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola said that all those on board the small aircraft had died.

Eyewitnesses say they heard a loud sound, then the aircraft burst into flames.

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