Accident description
Last updated: 23 November 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 26 May 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 400M
Operator:Federal Nigerian Air Force
Registration: NAF904
C/n / msn: 10488
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:2250
Cycles:2040
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Warri (   Nigeria) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
Destination airport:São Tomé Island Airport (TMS/FPST), Sao Tome and Principe
Narrative:
The F-27 plane crashed on a flight from Lagos (LOS) to Sao-Tome/Principe with military, government officials and reporters on board. The crash occurred just off the coast of Forcados close to Warri in the Niger Delta. It was a 12 man delegation sent by the Federal Military Government at that time on a defence diplomatic mission to São Tomé. One of the casualties was Nigeria's Minister of External Affairs Abubakar Usman.
It was reported in the news then that the plane ran into severe thunder-storm.


Sources:
» Willem Wendt
» The Montreal Gazette - Jun 2, 1980


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Distance from Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport to São Tomé Island Airport as the crow flies is 781 km (488 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.
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