President Muhammadu Buhari said his is saddened over the fatal crash of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft on Sunday in Abuja, which claimed lives of seven personnel.
President Buhari made the expression in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.
Buhari, extended heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and colleagues of those who died as a result of the tragedy.
He joined the Nigerian Air Force, the military and other Nigerians in mourning the unfortunate loss of the dedicated and courageous personnel who died in the line of duty.
President Buhari noted that while investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing, ”The safety of the Nigerian airspace remains a key priority of the government.”
He prayed that God would comfort the bereaved families and the nation and grant the souls of the departed peaceful rest.
NAF had earlier on Sunday reported that its Beechcraft King Air B350 aircraft crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after reporting engine failure en route Minna.
The aircraft departed Abuja on Sunday in the morning before it crashed, killing all the persons on board.
Also, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has expressed his shock and sadness over the tragic news of the crash of a Nigerian military aircraft in Abuja on Sunday.
Lawan sends his condolences to the families of those killed in the accident and prays that Allah would comfort them in this time of grief.
He also commiserated with the Nigerian Air Force and charged the authorities to reinforce their safety measures against future occurrence.