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Nigeria Air Force sets up panel to probe Kaduna jet crash

29/08/2015 17:21

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has set up a panel to investigate circumstances surrounding the crash of Nigerian Air Force Dornier-228 aircraft.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Dele Alonge.

According to the statement, the panel is headed by an Air Vice Marshal.

The statement said the chief of air staff has aborted his official trip to Port Harcourt and would visit the crash site and families of some of the deceased personnel.

It said the chief would be accompanied by the Air Officer Commanding Training Command, AVM Alikali Mamu, during the visit.

According to the statement, the aircraft crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna, on Saturday, killing all passengers on board.

"A Nigerian Air Force Dornier-228 aircraft, with call sign NAF030, has crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna.

"Though no casualty was recorded on ground, there were no survivors among the passengers on board the aircraft," the statement said.

It said the aircraft was Abuja-bound and had taken-off at about 6.45am from the Kaduna Military Airfield before the tragedy.

Alonge said the bodies of the passengers were recovered while firefighters were mobilised to the crash site to curtail fire from spreading to buildings.

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