Cause Of Plane Crash Which Killed Chief Of Army Staff Finally Revealed.
reports that the Defence Headquarters has explained the cause of the crash of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beachcraft 350 aircraft at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday.
The Chief of Army Staff was billed to commission a project in one of the military formations in Kaduna State when the incident happened.
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had earlier reported that the airplane crash claimed the lives of eleven people on board whom include the newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident.
However, the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier Gen Onyema Nwachukwu
, while explaining the circumstances surrounding the crash in a statement on Friday, said the crash was caused by bad weather.
He further stated that the sacrifices of departed heroes will not be in vain.
In a statement titled ‘Armed Forces Of Nigeria Loses Chief Of Army Staff And Ten Others In Air Mishap
’, read,“It is with a heavy heart that the Armed Forces of Nigeria regrets to announce that this evening at about 1800 hours, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in the company of his entourage, who was on an official trip from Abuja to Kaduna, were involved in an air mishap.
“The unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather.
“As we pray for the repose of the souls of our gallant and committed Chief of Army Staff and other personnel on board with him, the AFN solicits the support and understanding of all Nigerians in the face of this tragic incident.
“We wish to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains resolute in combatting the security challenges bedevilling our nation. The sacrifices of our dearly departed heroes will not be in vain.
“Meanwhile, the CDS urges all military personnel and their families to take heart and be condoled on this tragic loss.
“The CDS also reassures all Nigerians of the commitment and loyalty of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it continues to carry out its responsibilities,” the statement read.