This is the pilot who drove the military aircraft King Air 350 that crashed few hours ago from the Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna.
He is a flight Lieutenant, Chiroma Haruna Gadzama.
He made sure he avoided the plane to crash into residential area.
Like late Fg Offr Arotile, Flt Lt Gadzama was a proper child of NAF Base Kaduna. Child of a retired officer, attended Air Force Primary & Air Force Secondary schools on the base & ended up as a pilot in the Air Force. God rest his soul �
Like late Fg Offr Arotile, Flt Lt Gadzama was a proper child of NAF Base Kaduna. Child of a retired officer, attended Air Force Primary & Air Force Secondary schools on the base & ended up as a pilot in the Air Force. God rest his soul 😔— Ari Gold (@LawalAbubakar_) February 21, 2021
We are saddened by the tragic death of Flt Lt CH Gadzama of 02 Set of Air Force Secondary School Kaduna on the Sunday 21st of Febuary 2021.He was a Jovial and hardworking Officer of the Nigerian Airforce.
We are saddened by the tragic death of Flt Lt CH Gadzama of 02 Set of Air Force Secondary School Kaduna on the Saturday 21th of Febuary 2021.He was a Jovial and hardworking Officer of the Nigerian Airforce. pic.twitter.com/1e0xfzcGfo— EXJUNIORPILOT (@exjuniorpilots) February 21, 2021
Below are names of the seven personnel released by Nigerian Air Force.
UPDATE ON AIR ACCIDENT INVOLVING NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), earlier today, 21 February 2021, confirmed that one of its aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), 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.
As earlier stated, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has instituted an investigative panel to determine the remote and immediate causes of the accident. While the panel has commenced its work, the NAF, having notified the Next of Kins/family members of the deceased, regretfully announces that the following 7 personnel lost their lives in the crash:
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).
Earlier, the CAS visited the scene of the accident, in company of the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired); Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, and other Service Chiefs. 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.
Air Vice Marshal
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
21 February 2021