Date & Time: Jun 3, 2012 at 1545 LT
Type of aircraft:
McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator:
Registration:
5N-RAM
Survivors:
No
Site:
City
Schedule:
Abuja - Lagos
MSN:
53019/1783
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
DAV992
Country:
Nigeria
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
147
Pax fatalities:
147
Other fatalities:
10
Total fatalities:
163
Captain / Total flying hours:
18116
Captain / Total hours on type:
7461
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1143
Copilot / Total hours on type:
808
Aircraft flight hours:
60846
Aircraft flight cycles:
35219
Circumstances:
Aircraft was performing flight DAV992 (9J992) from Abuja to Lagos. Following an uneventful flight, crew started the descent and intercepted the glide for runway 18R. Aircraft descended successively from 26,000 feet to 18,100 and 7,700 feet and was configured for landing with gear down, slats and flaps down also. While correctly aligned on the glide and approaching in good weather conditions, captain sent a brief message and declared an emergency, informing ATC that both engines failed. During the next 25 seconds, pilots tried to restart the engines but without success. Aircraft eventually stalled and crashed in the suburb of Iju, some 10,7 km short of runway 18R. On ground, aircraft destroyed several buildings and aircraft was also destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. All 153 occupants and 10 people on the ground were killed. Several people on the ground were injured as well. Worst aircraft crash in Nigeria since 1973.
Causes:
Dual engine failure on approach. There was sufficient fuel in tanks and analysis confirmed the fuel was not contaminated.
Still under investigation by the Nigerian Accident Investigation Board (AIB Nigeria).