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 500 m 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 2 km before runway 05 threshold.
Mid air collision
Loss of control
|Date:||Wednesday 1 March 1978|
Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000
|C/n / msn:|| 11993|
|First flight:|| 1970-09-09 (7 years 6 months)|
|Total airframe hrs:||10625|
|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)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Sokoto Airport (SKO/DNSO), Nigeria|
|Destination airport:||Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria|
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display the exact flight path.
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 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.