The flight originated from Lagos as WT 104. It departed at 1717 hours UTC and was expected to land at Port-Harcourt, its destination, at 1756 hours. Port-Harcourt Air Traffic Control was in contact at the cruising alti- tude of 29000ft. and the 1700z weather was passed to the aircraft. Visibility was given as 3000 metres, Wind – from 200 degrees at 13 knots and slight rain.
The 1730 special weather report was passed to the pilot at about 1740 hours as improved visibility of 6km and the Commander opted to come overhead the station and observe things for himself. The Controller later cleared flight WT 104 to sector altitude (2000ft) and field-in-sight was- announced by the Captain.
On long final, the descent was visual and manual. Since the wind was not strong, the Captain did not pay attention to its direction but was only preoccupied with avoiding the clouds. The aircraft crossed the threshold at about 50ft high while the Captain claimed to be taking visual perspective to left of the runway’s centreline.