Crash: Dana MD83 at Lagos on Jun 3rd 2012, following Mayday call collided with power line on approach

June 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Aircraft Accidents | Leave a comment

Crash: Dana MD83 at Lagos on Jun 3rd 2012, following Mayday call collided with power line on approach

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Jun 3rd 2012 16:25Z, last   updated Sunday, Jun 3rd 2012 21:02ZImageImageA Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83,   registration 5N-RAM performing flight 9J-992 from Abuja to Lagos (Nigeria)   with 147 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Lagos about 11nm from LAG   VOR when the crew declared emergency reporting engine problems. At about   15:00L (14:00Z) the aircraft collided with a power line, crashed into a built   up area about 1nm abeam threshold runway 18L at Oluwatoyin Street (not intersection   of Toyin Street and Olowu Street as originally reported) and burst into   flames. A number of residential houses around the crash site were on flames,   too, a large smoke plume was visible above the city. All occupants of the   aircraft perished in the crash, there is no information yet about victims on   the ground.Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority initially reported the aircraft crashed   shortly after takeoff for Abuja, but corrected to say the aircraft arrived   from Abuja, then turned back reporting the aircraft was departing Lagos and   returned. There are no survivors. Late evening the CAA reported as their   final word, that the aircraft was flying from Abuja to Lagos.

The airline confirmed one of their planes crashed in the outskirts of Lagos.

A number of Nigerian companies report, their staff travelling from Abuja to   Lagos has gone missing.

Sources within Dana Air say the aircraft was flying from Abuja to Lagos   confirming some of the passengers reported missing by their companies were on   board of the aircraft. The aircraft was on approach to Lagos about 11nm from   the Lagos VOR LAG, when the crew declared emergency. The aircraft crashed   shortly after.

Listeners on frequency said the crew reported engine trouble.

LAG VOR is located about 7nm north of the threshold of runway 18L at position   N6.7086 E3.3275.

A photographer reported the crash site was at Oluwatoyin Street, which in the   end turned out to be located 5nm north of threshold runway 18R. Map resources   did not know that street but resolved the name to show the intersection of   Toyin Street and Olowu Street 1nm east of the airport.

Metars:
DNMM 031600Z 19006KT 150V240 9999 BKN013 29/24 Q1012 NOSIG
DNMM 031500Z 19007KT 140V230 9999 SCT014 30/23 Q1013 NOSIG
DNMM 031400Z 20006KT 150V250 9999 SCT014 31/23 Q1013 NOSIG
DNMM 031300Z 19004KT 150V260 9999 SCT014 31/22 Q1014 NOSIG
DNMM 031200Z 17005KT 130V220 9999 SCT013 31/23 Q1015 NOSIG
DNMM 031100Z 14004KT 060V220 9999 SCT013 30/23 Q1015 NOSIG

The tail of the aircraft burning in the streets of Lagos:

Detail Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth):

Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth):

 

A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 of Dana Air was destroyed when it crashed into a residential are of Lagos, Nigeria

Source: Aviation Safety Network

03/06/2012

Status: Preliminary
Date: 03 JUN 2012
Time: ca 16:45
Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator: Dana Air
Registration: 5N-RAM
C/n / msn: 53019/1783
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers: Fatalities: 147 / Occupants: 147
Total: Fatalities: 153 / Occupants: 153
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: ca 4 km from Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) (Nigeria)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
Destination airport: Abuja International Airport (ABV) (ABV/DNAA), Nigeria
Flightnumber: 997
Narrative:
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed into a residential are of Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority head Harold Demuren was quoted saying that he did not believe that any of the 153 people on board had survived.
Dana Air Fligh 9J-997 took off from Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) on a domestic flight to Abuja (ABV).
Shortly after takeoff the plane clipped a power line and crashed into a two-story building in the Iju/Ishaga area of Lagos. The Iju Ishaga Road runs north of the airport on the runway 36R extended centreline. The Ishaga neighbourhood however lies south of the airport, about the extended centreline of runway 18R.L
Local aviation sources indicate the the plane involved was 5N-MAR, presumably meaning 5N-RAM since 5N-MAR is not in the Dana Air fleet list.
Weather reported about 45 minutes prior to the accident:
DNMM 031500Z 19007KT 140V230 9999 SCT014 30/23 Q1013 NOSIG
Wind 190 degrees at 7 knots; winds varying between 140 and 230 degrees; Visibility 10+ km; Scatter clouds at 1400 feet; Temperature 30°C, Dew point 23°C; pressure 1013 mb.

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