Abuja air crash: Seven NAF victims for burial Thursday

Pilot who flew the ill-fated Nigerian Air Force aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain)
Pilot who flew the ill-fated Nigerian Air Force aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain)

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The seven officials of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) who perished in Sunday’s ill-fated aircraft crash in Abuja will be buried on Thursday.

NAF disclosed this on Wednesday, saying that they would be buried at the National Cemetery, Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja on Thursday.

The seven NAF officials died in the crash of its Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane near Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday.

The aircraft crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

See full list of the deceased below

a. Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain).

b. Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot).

c. Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist).

d. Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).

e. Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist).

f. Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist).

g. Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).



  1. It baffles me how crimes purportedly committed by Northerners are quickly swept under the carpet without proper investigation. Countless of it. Who killed the dreaded bandits SLAYER TOLULOPE AROTILE of the NAF and currently the crashing of Nigeria Airforce plane that was billed to carry out surveillance over Niger state for the rescue of the kidnapped students? It’s obvious that loyalists of the terrorists in the ruling Government didn’t want the plane to execute the surveillance.

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