Accident Let L-410UVP 9Q-CGX,
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Date:Tuesday 21 May 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Let L-410UVP
Owner/operator:Sky Executive Airlines
Registration: 9Q-CGX
MSN: 851402
Year of manufacture:1985
Total airframe hrs:8086 hours
Engine model:Walter M-601D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:22 km SSE of Calabar Airport (CBQ) -   Nigeria
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO)
Destination airport:Calabar Airport (CBQ/DNCA)
Investigating agency: AIPB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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 65 km 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."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIPB
Report number: FMA/AIPB/383
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


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Civil aviation accident report no. FMA/AIPB/383



photo (c) Reinhard Schmidt, via Werner Fischdick; Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM); February 2002

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