The aircraft completed a flight from Lagos through Abuja to Kaduna and was parked for over an hour when at 14:45 UTC, the Chief Pilot of Chanchangi Airline Ltd. approached the Air Traffic Controller personally that he would like to fly around the circuit for a training flight. He was told that the visibility was 600 meters which was below the landing minima and was then advised against it. The Pilot then suggested that he would carry out a “Rejected Take- Off’ training.
At 15:37 UTC. He requested a take off clearance which was granted, and was directed to proceed to the holding point of runway 05. At the holding point the pilot gave the number of souls on board as 24 and a fuel endurance of 4 hours.