Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 1 March 1978
Time:12:43
Type:Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000
Operator:Nigeria Airways
Registration: 5N-ANA
C/n / msn: 11993
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:10625
Cycles:13303
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) from Kano International Airport (KAN) (   Nigeria) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sokoto Airport (SKO/DNSO), Nigeria
Destination airport:Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria
Narrative:
At 12:31 hours the Fokker F-28 was cleared by Kano Control Tower to descend to flight level 65. When reporting field in sight it was asked to maintain same flight level because a Nigerian Air Force MiG-21U jet trainer had been cleared to descend to 500m off (about 3,000ft QNH) and report overhead. When the jet trainer was on final it was cleared for a touch-and-go and while it was taking off the F-28 reported left hand down wind runway 05 still maintaining FL65. The F-28 was then cleared to descend to circuit altitude and report final as number 1. The jet trainer was informed accordingly and was instructed to let the F-28 land first. At 12:42 hours the F28 was on final and cleared to land. At 12:43 the duty controller observed the aircraft crashing in flames about 2km before runway 05 threshold.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Willem Wendt
» A Benefit Analysis for Cabin Water Spray Systems and Enhanced Fuselage Burnthrough Protection (CAA PAPER 2002/04)
» Nigeria Reports 18 Dead in Crash Of Civilian and Military Planes (New York Times - Mar 3, 1978)


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Distance from Sokoto Airport to Kano International Airport as the crow flies is 371 km (232 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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