The victims are the Captain, Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama; Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot); Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System Specialist) and Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
Others are: Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist); Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist) and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
According to a Daily Trust report, the Beechcraft King Air B350i in which the victims were flying crashed while en route to Minna, Niger State to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions in connection with the rescue of the 42 students and staff abducted from the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal, Oladayo Amao; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, Gov. of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi and many other top government functionaries were in attendance.
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