A Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed on Sunday in the capital Abuja, killing at least seven people, President Muhammadu Buhari announced in a statement, saying he was saddened by the accident.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, President Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and colleagues of those who died as a result of this tragedy,” the presidency said.
It added: “The President joins 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 notes 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 prays that God will comfort the bereaved families and nation, and grant the souls of the departed peaceful rest.”