According to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA who confirmed the death of the seven persons said the Helicopter crashed ten minutes after taking off.
Meanwhile in a statement signed by Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the Director of Public Relations & Information Nigerian Airforce stated thus; “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Dornier-228 aircraft, with call sign NAF030, has crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna.
Though no casualty was recorded on ground, there were no survivors among the passengers onboard the aircraft. The aircraft was Abuja bound and had taken-off at about 6:45am from the Kaduna Military Airfield before the mishap.”
“Bodies of the passengers have been recovered and fire fighters are already at the crash site to curtail fire from spreading to other buildings within the vicinity. Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has aborted his official trip to Port Harcourt to visit the site of the air crash and families of some of the deceased personnel in company of the Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Alikali Mamu.
The CAS has also set up an investigation panel headed by an Air Vice Marshal to unravel the cause of the accident with immediate effect, it said.