Narrative:The Boeing 707 had been chartered by Nigeria Airways to fly pilgrims back from Jeddah to Lagos. Bad weather at Lagos forced the crew to divert to Kano. The aircraft touched nosewheel first steady and heavy with main wheels barely in contact with the runway. The nosewheel entrenched itself then collapsed. The main gear contacted later in rapid deceleration, pierced the main wings and the aircraft collapsed along the runway centreline. A fire broke out and after a prolonged pause the passengers and crew evacuated.
|Date:||Monday 22 January 1973|
|Operating for:||Nigeria Airways|
|Leased from:||Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 20494/850|
|First flight:|| 1971|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 9|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 170 / Occupants: 193|
|Total:||Fatalities: 176 / Occupants: 202 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Kano International Airport (KAN) ( Nigeria)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia|
|Destination airport:||Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria|
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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 Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport to Lagos/Ikeja International Airport as the crow flies is 4172 km (2608 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.