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Last updated: 22 June 2021
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 25 October 2012
Time:18:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Taraba State Government
Registration: 5N-BMJ
MSN: 208B2098
First flight: 2009
Total airframe hrs:999
Cycles:615
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13,7 km (8.6 mls) W of Yola Airport (YOL) (   Nigeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Jalingo Airport, Nigeria
Destination airport:Yola Airport (YOL/DNYO), Nigeria
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 5N-BMJ, was destroyed after impacting terrain while on approach to Yola Airport (YOL), Nigeria.
The airplane operated on a domestic flight after sunset from Jalingo Airport to Yola. At 18:25 the pilot reported the airfield in sight.
The aircraft descended until the empennage struck a tall dry tree about 14 km short of Yola Airport. The tail section separated and the aircraft hit the ground. All occupants survived with various degrees of injuries. One of the victims was the Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai.
The investigation revealed that the throttle control position was found at below-idle beta position. It was further determined that the pilot had 58 hours in Cessna 172 aircraft with no type rating for the Cessna 208B and no night-time or instrument ratings.

Probable Cause:

Causal Factors:
The Bureau could not conclusively determine the cause of this accident, however the investigation identified the following factors:
- The pilot was not certified, qualified and not competent to fly the aircraft.
- The decision of the pilot to operate a VFR flight after sunset.
- Inadequate oversight by the Regulatory Authority.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 years and 6 months
Accident number: MWTTSG/2012/10/25/F
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» This Day
» Premium Times NG


Follow-up / safety actions

AIB Nigeria issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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accident date: 25-10-2012
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: 5N-BMJ
photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-5N-BMJ
accident date: 25-10-2012
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: 5N-BMJ
 

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 Jalingo Airport to Yola Airport as the crow flies is 131 km (82 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the 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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