As Nigerians continue to mourn the death of Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru who was killed alongside with other top military personnel in Nigerian Airforce plane that crashed in Kaduna yesterday, it’s been revealed that the ill Fated aircraft landed at the Kaduna airport successfully before it went up in flames.
A NAF source who does not want to be mentioned in print, because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the incident told Saturday Sun, that “it is a Beechcraft aircraft the same type that crashed at the Abuja
‘What happened was that they were supposed to have landed at the NAF base, but they now diverted them because of the weather because they have more instruments, landing instrument at the Kaduna international airport. The Kaduna airport has more landing instruments than that of the NAF.
“So because of the weather they don’t want them to land at the NAF base. The tower now diverted them to the airport. The plane landed successfully, it touched the ground successfully but skipped off the runway. We don’t know what happened, may be the pilot lost control on the runway that is what the investigators would have to find out.
“It is not that it crashed midair, no. It landed successfully and crashed within the airport. It did not crash land or developed any technical fault. You know there are two runways at the Kaduna international airport. We have 05 and Runway 06, it depends on the direction an aircraft is coming from. But the aircraft landed on runway 05. If you are coming through the right angle you will be made to land at runway 06, and if it’s through the left angle it’s runway 05”.
Below are the list of Officers in the ill-fated military aircraft:
- LT GEN I ATTAHIRU – COAS
- BRIG GEN MI ABDULKADIR – Chief of Staff to Army Chief
- BRIG GEN OLAYINKA – Acting Provost Marshal, Nigerian Army
- BRIG GEN KULIYA – Acting Chief of Military Intelligence
- MAJ LA HAYAT – ADC to COAS
- MAJ HAMZA – Chief Security Officer (CSO) to COAS
- SGT UMAR – Orderly to COAS
- FLT LT TO ASANIYI – Pilot
- FLT LT AA OLUFADE – Co-Pilot
- SGT ADESINA.
- ACM OYEDEPO.