On 18th June, 2014 a TB-9 trainer aircraft with registration 5N-CBB, owned and operated by Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, with a Student Pilot (SP) onboard, departed Zaria to Kaduna as a second solo flight.
Prior to the incident flight, the SP and the Flight Instructor (FI) went on a dual cross country to Kaduna. Upon successful completion of the exercise, the FI approved the SP for a solo cross country.
At 1337hrs 5N-CBB, took-off to Kaduna on runway 24 and the flight was uneventful.
During its final approach at Zaria aerodrome, 5N-CBB was cleared to land runway 24. At 1426hrs, the SP landed the aircraft on the grass about 50ft before the threshold of runway 24.
According to the SP, he intended to practice a short-field landing.
After landing on the grass, the aircraft was taxied to the apron and parked. The incident was not reported to the relevant authorities. The aircraft was slightly damaged. The incident occurred in day time.