On the day of the accident, Flight DV 110 routing was Abidjan – Accra – Lagos. It departed Abidjan at 1015hrs for Lagos via Accra. The aircraft finally departed Accra for Lagos at 1145hrs with a total declared cargo weight of 50014 lbs (22733 kgs).
The aircraft contacted Lagos Area Control at 1242hrs, while maintaining FL 210 (21, 000ft) and was given an in-bound clearance to Lagos VOR (LAG) for ILS approach on runway 18L. At 1252hrs, Lagos Approach cleared it to FL 050 (5,000ft) and at 12NM, it was further cleared down to 3500ft on QNH 1013 hpa, and finally to 2200ft and to report established on the ILS.