CFIT: Associated Airlines, Embraer 120 ER, 5N-BJY, Ikeja, Lagos, 3rd October, 2013


  • Report No
  • Reg. No
  • Operator
    Associated Aviation Limited
  • Aircraft Type
    EMB 120 ER
  • Occurence
  • Report Date
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018


The Accident Investigation Bureau was notified of the accident through a phone call from NCAA, and investigators were dispatched to the site the same day. All other relevant authorities were notified.

On 3rd October 2013, SCD361 an EMB 120ER, registration 5N-BJY, a charter flight, scheduled to depart Lagos to Akure on an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The Captain was the Pilot Flying (PF) and the First Officer was the Pilot Monitoring (PM). The aircraft departed with No. 1 Engine torque indicator stuck at 76%. A crew-derived non-standard procedure was used to set the No. 1 Engine take-off power, as the torque indicator is the primary gauge for setting power.

After take-off power was set, a take-off flap configuration aural warning came on indicating that the flap position did not agree with the selection. This was followed by auto-feather aural warning. The No. 2 Propeller RPM was low. The PM was concerned that in addition to the warnings the aircraft was slow and advised the PF to abort the take-off. The aircraft got airborne, climbed to 118ft AGL, stalled and crashed into the Joint Users Hydrant Installation (JUHI), close to the airport, with the landing gears in the DOWN position. There was post impact fire, 16 fatalities and 4 serious injuries.

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