ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-110P1A Bandeirante 5N-AXS Yola Airport (YOL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 31 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110P1A Bandeirante
Operator:Skypower Express Airways
Registration: 5N-AXS
MSN: 110458
First flight: 1984
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,7 km (0.4 mls) N of Yola Airport (YOL) (   Nigeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jos Airport (JOS/DNJO), Nigeria
Destination airport:Yola Airport (YOL/DNYO), Nigeria
The aircraft crashed short of runway 17 in bad visibility after circling the airport for approx. one hour. The aircraft clipped trees and power lines, lost control and crashed 700 m short of the runway threshold.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: Failure to maintain the aircraft above the Minimum Descent Altitude while the aircraft was not positioned in the final landing phase.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Aircraft Illustrated Apr. 1997 (13)
» The Federal Ministry of Aviation Nigeria


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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 Jos Airport to Yola Airport as the crow flies is 391 km (244 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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