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When a military plane crashed in Nigeria, seven people died, killing all on board, officials have reported.

Ibikunle Daramola, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, said in a tweet that the King Air 350 plane had just taken off from the airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, when it reported engine failure and attempted to return.

“First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all seven personnel on board died in the crash,” he said.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, also tweeted that the crash “appears to be fatal” and urged calm as an army inquiry is being carried out.

The plane was bound for the town of Minna, about 100 kilometres northwest of Abuja.

At the scene, witnesses said the accident was terrifying.

“Everybody there was screaming full of disbelief,”Everyone there screamed full of disbelief.

It has been at least ten years since an aircraft crashed at the airport, he said.

Crash site images show black clouds of smoke over parts of the smashed aircraft.

Witnesses told local media that before the plane exploded, they saw the plane trying to turn around to get back to the airport.

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