ASN Aircraft accident Vickers VC10-1101 5N-ABD Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS)
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Date:Thursday 20 November 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic VC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers VC10-1101
Operator:Nigeria Airways
Registration: 5N-ABD
MSN: 804
First flight: 1962-11-08 (7 years )
Total airframe hrs:18431
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 540
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 76 / Occupants: 76
Total:Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 87
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft 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
The Nigeria Airways VC10 was on a flight from London to Lagos with en route stops at Rome and Kano. On the last leg of the flight, the VC10 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:

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.

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).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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