How Flt Lt Gadzama Prevented Ill-fated Plane from Crashing on Residential Areas

Olayemi Esan, Abuja

… FERMA Recovers seven bodies from the crash site

Few hours after the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed just outside Nnamdi AzikIwe International Airport Abuja, an eyewitness has revealed how the pilot, Flt Lt Gadzama, struggled with the plane and ensured it didn't crash on residential areas.

“It was obvious the pilot knew the game was over as he struggled unsuccessfully to control the plane. To avoid recording more casualties, he had technically diverted it from crashing on residential areas and so landed in a bush behind the airport,” 

A NAF source revealed to SpyeTV that the crashed plane had on board, Flt Lt Gazama, Flt Lt Piyo, Flg Offr Okpara, FS Olawumi, ACM Johnson, Sgt. Oluka and another officer. In all, seven people were on board and they have all died. 

According to an official statement issued by force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola the small passenger plane crashed due to engine failure enroute Minna, Niger State.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency has disclosed that it has recovered seven bodies from the crash site.

The FERMA Director-General, Alhaji Abass Idriss, said the remains of the aircraft passengers had been deposited at the Nigeria Air Force morgue.

The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed report says Flt Lt Gadzama, who flew the plane was among the 14 pilots who were decorated by NAF with their “Wings” in 2018 after completion of their flight training in Nigeria and South Africa. Two of the then newly 14 pilots were said to be from Liberia.

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