Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was notified by International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin at about 1730hrs on 18th of August 2014, of a serious incident involving a Diamond DA42 aircraft with registration number 5N-BNH owned and operated by the College, which occurred on Runway 23 at Ilorin International Airport. Investigators were dispatched to the crash site the following day. All relevant stakeholders were also notified.
On 18th August, 2014 at 1220hrs, the aircraft 5N–BNH took off from Runway 23 of Ilorin International Airport for a training flight with fuel endurance of four hours. There were two persons on board; a Flight Instructor and a Student Pilot. At the training area, the Flight Instructor requested the Student Pilot to perform some manoeuvres; which involved stall simulation in landing configuration. After landing gear extension, the Flight Instructor noticed that the right main gear did not extend. He then took control of the aircraft and performed the emergency gear extension procedure in accordance with the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM); the right main gear still did not extend.
At 1430hrs, the crew informed the Control Tower about the situation and subsequently, the airport safety and emergency services/procedures were activated and put on standby.
At 1535hrs, the Tower in liaison with the owners of the aircraft decided to approve the belly-landing of the aircraft on a foamed runway in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
At 1610hrs, the aircraft 5N-BNH belly-landed at the Touch Down Zone (TDZ) on the centre line of Runway 23 after it had been airborne for three hours and fifty minutes.
The aircraft was substantially damaged and there was no fire outbreak. Also, no injuries were sustained by the crew.