The first responders are at the scene. Unfortunately, all seven people on board died in the accident. “
Aviation Minister Hadi Sereka also tweeted that the accident “appears to be fatal” and urged calm with an investigation by the army.
The plane was heading to the city of Mina, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Abuja.
Witnesses at the site said the accident was horrific.
“Everyone there was screaming, full of disbelief,” Olujbenga Aladi, a government employee who said he had worked at the airport for nine years and witnessed the accident, told The Associated Press by phone. He said it has been at least a decade since a plane crashed at that airport
Pictures of the crash site show black clouds of smoke over parts of the crashed plane. Witnesses told local media that they saw the plane struggling to turn around and return to the airport before it exploded.
Medic reported from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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