Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was notified of the accident by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on 25th October, 2012. Investigators were dispatched the following day and commenced investigation. All relevant stakeholders were notified accordingly.
On the 25th of October, 2012 at 17: 48 h, a Cessna Caravan 208B, 5N-BMJ, departed Jalingo for Yola on a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan with four Persons-On-Board (one crew and three passengers). At 18:00 h, the Airport Manager stationed at Jalingo by Taraba State Government, called Yola Control Tower (CT) by phone to advise that the aircraft had departed Jalingo for Yola.
At 18:25 h the pilot reported field in sight. CT then advised him to “continue approach and report final, wind calm” and the pilot acknowledged “will continue approach, to report final”.
At 18:27 h CT had the aircraft in sight and advised the pilot to report “final, wind calm”, the pilot acknowledged.
At 18:30 h, CT lost visual contact with 5N-BMJ and tried to raise her on radio but there was no response.
At 18:37 h, information was received from witnesses, regarding a possible plane crash at Yola-Numan road close to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot. This information was subsequently passed to the fire watch room. Rescue team and other security personnel were mobilized to the location of the crash. However, before the arrival of the rescue team from the airport, the locals had rescued the occupants from the wreckage.
The occupants were subsequently taken to Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola for medical treatment.
The accident occurred at dusk. The aircraft was destroyed.
The Bureau could not conclusively determine the cause of this accident, however the investigation identified the following factors:
Two Safety Recommendations were made.
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