Nigeria, Feb. 21 -- There were no survivors in a crash involving a military aircraft Sunday in Abuja, the Nigerian Air Force has confirmed.

The spokesperson for the Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, said all seven on board the ill-fated plane died.

"This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash," he tweeted.

Mr Daramola told PREMIUM TIMES all on board the plane were military personnel.

The accident occured short of the Abuja airport runway, after the airplane reported engine failure, aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, had earlier ...