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.
|Date:||20 NOV 1969|
|C/n / msn:|| 804|
|First flight:|| 1962|
|Engines:|| 4 Rolls Royce 540 Conway|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 76 / Occupants: 76|
|Total:||Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 87 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||13 km (8.1 mls) N of Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS) (Nigeria)
|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|
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.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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.