Nigeria: A litany of air mishaps – 48 crashes in 43 years

by Stanley AzuakolaSince the first recorded air crash in Nigeria in 1969, Nigeria has witnessed scores of other mishaps. Below is a catalogue of these crashes:

• November 20, 1969: Nigeria Airways BAC VC10 crashed on landing, killing 87 people on board.

• January 22, 1973: Royal Jordanian Airlines flight 707 carrying 171 Nigerian Muslims returning from Mecca and five crewmen crashed in Kano, killing all on board.

• March 1, 1978: Nigeria Airways F28-1000 crashed in Kano, killing 16 people.

• November 28, 1983: Nigeria Airways F28-1000 crashed near Enugu, killing 53 on board.

• December 1988: Skypower Brandeironte aircraft overshot Ilorin Airport’s runway, killing all the passengers.

• February 24,1991: British Helicopter crashed in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, killing all nine people on board.

• May 21, 1991: A Cessna Citation 550 of Ashaka Cement, Hombe, crashed, killing all on board.

• June 26, 1991: An Okada Air Bac-11 crashed in Sokoto, killing three persons.

• September 26, 1992: Nigerian Air Force A C-130 plane crashed minutes after take-off from Lagos. All 200 on board killed.

• June 24, 1995: Harka Air Services Tupolev 34 crashed on landing in Lagos, killing 16.

• November 13, 1995: Nigeria Airways Boeing 737-2F9 crashed on landing in Kaduna, killing 9.

• January 17, 1996: Ibrahim Abacha, son of Sani Abacha, was killed in a plane crash. The group “United Front for Nigeria’s Liberation” (UFNL) claimed responsibility for the crash.

• November 7, 1996: A Nigerian ADC (Aviation Development Corporation) Airline Boeing 727-231 flying from Port Harcourt to Lagos with 142 passengers and 9 crew members crashed on landing, plunging into the lagoon with all on board killed.

• January 31, 1997: SkyPower Express Airways Embraer 110PIA crashed on landing in Yola, killing five.

• September 12, 1997: NAF Dornier 228-212 in Nguru, Borno State ran into a ditch during take off, none of the 10 people died.

• January 5, 2000: SkyPower Express Airways Bandeirante 110P1A crashes on landing in Abuja, killing 17.

• October 26, 2000: Dornier aircraft plunged into a thick bush near the Niger Delta, 6 occupants injured.

• May 4, 2002: EAS Airlines’ BAC 1-11-500 with 105 people on board crashed and burst into flames in a densely populated suburb of Kano, killing 76 on board and 72 on the ground bringing total casualties to148.

• November 30, 2003: A cargo aircraft of Hydro Cargo, Brussels, Belgium, crash-landed.

• March 6, 2004: An Aenail spray aircraft with registration number 5NBEF belonging to Berfieex Nigeria Ltd, crashed at the Bauchi Airport.

• July 26, 2004: Pan African Airlines’ helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in Eacraros, Delta State, killing four persons on board.

• December 29, 2004: A Boeing 727 of Chanchangi Airlines belly-landed at the MMA.

• December 29, 2004: A Kenya Airlines aircraft crashed landed at the MMA due to gear fault.

• January 28, 2005: A Nigeria Air Force fighter plane crashed into a farmland in Yar Kanya, Kano State.

• February 25, 2005: ADC’s B73 aircraft had its tyre burnt while landing at Yola Airport.

• March 27, 2005: A Boeing 737 of Bellview had one of its engines caught fire.

• June 11/12, 2005: Lagos: a Boeing 727-200 aircraft belonging to the domestic Chachangi Airlines overshot the runway at Murtala Muhammed Airport, while yet another overshot the runway at the airport in Jos in Central Nigeria a day earlier.

• June 24, 2005: A Russian aircraft belonging to Harka Air crash- landed at the MMA, all the people on board died

• July 6, 2005, Port Harcourt: An Air France A330 plane crashed into a herd of cattle at Port Harcourt airport, sustaining serious damage and killing many of the cows.

• July 23, 2005, a Lufthansa aircraft crash-landed at Lagos airport and was badly damaged, but no life was lost.

• October 22, 2005: A Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 with 117 people on board crashed shortly after take-off from Lagos. All on board killed.

• December 10, 2005: A Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 crashes in Port Harcourt, killing all 103 on board.

• September 17, 2006: A 18-seater Dornier 228 Air Force transport plane, carrying 15 senior army officers and three crew members crashed in Benue State, leaving only three survivors.

• October 29, 2006: Aviation Development Corporation Airline Boeing 737 with 104 on board crashed minutes after take-off from Abuja’s airport. All but 6 perished in the disaster.

• November 10, 2006: OAS Service Helicopter crashed in Warri, Delta state killing four on board.

• August 2, 2007: Bristow-owned helicopter crashed inside ExxonMobil facility in Port Harcourt.

• March 15, 2008: Beechcraft 1900D plane marked 5N-JAH, belonging to Wing Aviation crashed in Cross River State. The wreakage was not found until 6 months after. All four crew members died.

• March 14, 2002: A helicopter belonging to the Joint Task Force (JTF) crashed in Kabong, Jos, killing all members onboard including four senior police officers.

• May 4, 2002: Executive Airline Services (EAS) BAC-1-11-525Ft aircraft crashed at Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, killing 70 people.

• December 10 2005: A Port Harcourt bound Sosoliso Airlines flight 1145 crash-landed in Port Harcourt Airport, killing 109 passengers including 60 students of Jesuit Loyola College Abuja.

• October 22, 2005: A twin Engine Boeing 737, belonging to Belview Airline crashed in Lisa Village, Ogun State and killed all the 117 passengers on board.

• October 29, 2006: An ADC aircraft crashed when it took off from Abuja, killing 105 people on board.

• November 10, 2006: A six-seater helicopter belonging to Odengene Air Shuttle (OAS) crashed in Delta State and killed two people.

• September 16 2006: Air Force plane crashed in Benue State killing Army generals.

• March 15, 2008: A twin-turbo Prop 19-seater aircraft belonging to Wings Aviation Ltd crashed in Calabar while on a routine flight from MMA, Lagos.

• March 8, 2011: HS-125 chartered aircraft crashed in Bauchi. No casualty.

• July 29, 2011: A Kwara State-bound helicopter crashed in Osun State killing all on board including the Managing Director of Josepdam Group of Companies, Mrs. Josephine Oluwadamilola Kuteyi and her personal assistant.

• June 3, 2012: A Lagos bound Dana aircraft crashed few minutes from landing at the Iju-Agege suburb of Lagos.

Source- The Nigerian Guardian

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  1. The first crash in Nigeria was actually in June 24 1956. BOAC Argonaut accident, a Canadair C-4 Argonaut, G-ALHE crashed shortly after taking off from Kano Airport, Nigeria into a thunderstorm, killing 32 of the 38 passengers and 3 of the seven crew.

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