Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 27 November 2001
Time:01:56
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-246F
Operator:MK Airlines
Registration: 9G-MKI
C/n / msn: 22063/432
First flight: 1980-02-24 (21 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:80500
Cycles:17600
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Port Harcourt (   Nigeria) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Luxembourg-Findel Airport (LUX/ELLX), Luxembourg
Destination airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO), Nigeria
Narrative:
Following a cargo flight from Luxembourg, the MK Airlines Boeing 747 descended towards Port Harcourt. Company policy stipulated that approaches to Port Harcourt were to be flown by the captain. In this case first officer was pilot flying during the approach. He was following a non-standard autopilot approach, tracking a localizer radial inbound and descending using vertical speed mode. MK Airlines company policy was to not use the autopilot below 2000 feet agl. There were other indications of non-adherence to procedures, including the failure to make appropriate calls between the pilot flying and pilot not flying. A
lack of situational awareness due to poor cockpit coordination was apparent, and there was a problem interpreting the visual references on the approach.
The Boeing 747 freighter crashed about 700m short of the runway. The front section broke away from the fuselage. A fire erupted in the main fuselage.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» AFX News
» Reuters
» Tommy Maurer
» TSB of Canada Aviation Investigation Report A04H0004


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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 Luxembourg-Findel Airport to Port Harcourt Airport as the crow flies is 4925 km (3078 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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