Defence headquarters reveals cause of plane crash that killed COAS, others

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has opened up on the cause of the plane crash that resulted in the death of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers on Friday, May 21.

According to Onyema Nwachukwu, defence spokesman, although the incident is still being investigated, the crash occurred after the aircraft landed at the Kaduna International Airport.

However, Nwachukwu via the DHQ’s verified Twitter page disclosed that General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to ascertain remote and immediate causes of the tragedy.

The DHQ’s spokesman said:

“The unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident.”

Earlier, the Nigerian Army had confirmed the death of Attahiru in the military plane crash in Kaduna on Friday evening, May 21.

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Yerima Mohammed, confirmed Attahiru’s death.

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