Accident description
Last updated: 22 August 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 20 November 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic VC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers VC-10-1101
Operator:Nigeria Airways
Registration: 5N-ABD
C/n / msn: 804
First flight: 1962
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 540
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 76 / Occupants: 76
Total:Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 87
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) N of Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS) (   Nigeria) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kano-Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria
Destination airport:Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
Flightnumber: 825
Narrative:
The Nigeria Airways VC-10 was on a flight from London to Lagos with en route stops at Rome and Kano. On the last leg of the flight, the VC-10 was making a straight in runway 19 approach to Lagos when it descended below the normal approach path and struck trees. The aircraft crashed and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Not established with certainty, but most probably due to the Commander being unaware of the aircrafts actual altitude during the final approach and allowing the aircraft to come below safe height when he was not in visual contact with the ground.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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Distance from Kano-Aminu Kano International Airport to Lagos/Ikeja International Airport as the crow flies is 830 km (518 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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