Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was notified of the occurrence by the College on the 23rd of May, 2012. The AIB investigators arrived at the College on the 24th of May 2012 and commenced the investigation the same day.
All relevant authorities were notified accordingly.
The aircraft was operated by the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) and registered under special category (Training) with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
On the 23rd May, 2012 the Student Pilot (SP) and the Flying Instructor (FI) were scheduled for the first flight training of the day. The SP took-off at 0720hrs on a dual training exercise under the supervision of the FI. The SP made a full stop landing at 0825hrs after several practices of circuits and landings at the aerodrome thereby ending the first training period.
At 1620hrs, the SP and the FI took-off for the second training session for the day and landed at 1705hrs after five circuits and landings. After the last landing while the SP was about to shut-down the engine of the aircraft, the FI made a radio call to the Control Tower that the SP was ready to go on the first Solo flight and thereafter the FI disembarked from the aircraft and proceeded to the Control Tower to monitor and observe the flight.
After departure, the SP reported left downwind leg maintaining 3100ft for runway 24. On final approach, the SP reported reducing power when the runway was noticed to be going under the aircraft which meant that the aircraft was coming high.
The aircraft landed at 1721hrs. During the landing roll an attempt was made to exit the runway to the right via exit 3 onto the taxiway to the apron at a high speed. The aircraft veered-off the centreline of the runway to the right, missed exit 3, continued to roll onto the grass and then finally came to rest with the nose gear in the drainage ditch. The SP contacted the Control Tower and reported the occurrence.
The SP was evacuated from the aircraft unhurt and taken to NCAT clinic, examined and certified fit.