Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 21 May 2002
Time:19:42
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP
Operator:Sky Executive Airlines
Registration: 9Q-CGX
C/n / msn: 851402
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:8086
Engines: 2 Walter M-601D
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:22 km (13.8 mls) SSE of Calabar Airport (CBQ) (   Nigeria) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO), Nigeria
Destination airport:Calabar Airport (CBQ/DNCA), Nigeria
Flightnumber: 401
Narrative:
Let 410 9Q-CEX was being flown by a Congolese crew on behalf of the Nigerian airline company Sky Executive Airlines. The aircraft departed Abuja around 16:30 for a passenger flight to Port Harcourt. At Port Harcourt all passengers disembarked. The aircraft then took off for a ferry flight to Calabar. On approach the pilot declared an emergency due to an electrical failure. At 65km out the crew commenced a descent to 2500 feet. The descent was continued past this altitude until the Let crashed in a swamp. During the investigation into the cause of the accident it was found out that the aircraft was non-compliant with the maintenance requirements, and proper documentation of the aircraft and crew members. Also, the plane had exceeded the prescribed annual inspection time by 248 hours, and the engines were not maintained in accordance with the standard procedure. Contrary to NCAA regulations a Flight Data Recorder (FDR), nor a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were installed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The premature departure of the plane from the normal minimum safe altitude of 2500 ft without air traffic controller's clearance until it flew into the terrain. Other contributing factors are the emergence of electrical problem on the aircraft on the commencement of its approach which might have distracted the attention of the pilot from having undistorted focus on the instruments, and unfavourable weather conditions of low cloud base and
thunderstorm which impaired visibility at the critical time of descent."

Classification:
Distraction in cockpit

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Daily Trust
» Reuters
» This Day
» Civil aviation accident report no. FMA/AIPB/383


Follow-up / safety actions

Min of Aviation issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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Map
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 Port Harcourt Airport to Calabar Airport as the crow flies is 154 km (96 miles).

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