Richard Ginika Izuora
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday, February 21, released the names of seven victims of the fatal air crash involving Beechcraft KingAir B350i in Abuja.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, released the names of the dead officers.
Daramola also said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.
The victims are – Flt. Lt. Haruna Gadzama (Captain); Flt. Lt. Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot); Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System Specialist); Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist); Flt. Sgt. Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist); Sgt. Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist); and also Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
According to him, the officers were deployed to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs; as part of concerted efforts to secure the release of the abducted students as well as staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.
The NAF spokesman also said the NAF had expressed condolences to the families of the victims who had been notified of the incident.
Daramola disclosed that the NAF chief visited the scene of the accident in the company of the Minister of Defence, Major Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd); his Aviation counterpart, Senator Hadi Sirika; Chief of Defence Staff, Major Gen. Lucky Irabor, as well as other service chiefs.
The NAF spokesman said: “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.”