The Nigerian air force personnel who died in a plane crash were en route Niger state to rescue students abducted from Government Science College, Kagara.
Shehu Koko, chairman of the house committee on air force, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
The ill fated Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201) conveying the military personnel crashed near Abuja airport on Sunday.
None of the seven personnel on board survived the mishap.
“We highly regret the loss of our gallant officers who apparently were on a mission to rescue the kidnapped students of a secondary school in Kagara community in Niger State,” Koko said.
He commiserated with the families of the deceased officers, assuring that assured that investigation into the incident will “begin in earnest to determine the remote cause”.
Speaking in the same vein, Ibikunle Daramola, air force spokesman, said the jet was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger and its environs.
The officers were heading to Niger four days after bandits abducted 42 persons including 27 students during an early morning attack in Kagara.
Few hours after the crash, the abducted students regained freedom although it is believed the release of the students might have been facilitated by the visit of renowned Islamic scholar Ahmed Gumi to kidnappers den in Niger State.