Nigeria Beech 350 crash 1 640Crash Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft 350i King Air

On 21 February 2021, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft King Air 350i crashed near Abuja/Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Nigeria), unfortunately killing all seven people on board.

The King Air, operated by the 209th Executive Airlift Group (209th EAG) at Abuja/Nnamdi Azikiwe, crashed while returning to the airport after reporting an engine failure whilst en route to Minna, located 175 km northwest of Abuja.

The crashed aircraft is painted in a unique VIP colour scheme and should therefore be identified as NAF201. An investigation has started to the cause of the fatal accident.

According to the Scramble Magazine database for Nigeria, the NAF operates four Beechcraft 350i King Airs with the 209th EAG. The serials of these aircraft are:

Beechcraft 350i King Air: NAF201 (c/n FL-585), NAF202 (c/n FL-890), NAF203 (c/n FL-891) and NAF204 (c/n FL-902)
NAF201 is reported as an ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) variant and is painted in a VIP colour scheme.

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Photos: Reuters and via Joseph Dempsey (twitter)

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