On 27th March 2014, at about 10:26 h, a Diamond DA-40D aircraft, operated by International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin with nationality and registration marks 5NBRM was on a training flight with a Student Pilot and an Instructor. The student did two landings under the supervision of the Instructor and was thereafter released for his first solo flight. The Instructor disembarked to monitor the progress of the solo flight with a hand-held radio from a strategic position on the tarmac while the Student Pilot proceeded with the flight. The Student Pilot took off and executed a successful Touch-and-Go exercise, after which he requested for a full stop landing and ATC granted approval to his request.
At 11:17 h, he reported finals on runway 23 for full stop landing and was cleared to land. According to the ATC report, at 11:18 h the aircraft touched down on runway 23 and bounced twice. The Student Pilot also reported that after the aircraft bounced, he decided to “go around’’ by increasing power but veered off the runway to the left into the grass area. The left wing impacted a shrub which broke the landing light. The nose landing gear sheared off, causing the aircraft nose to impact the ground, damaging the propeller blades.
The Air Traffic Controller activated the crash alarm, alerting the Aerodrome Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) who arrived at the site of the accident shortly thereafter. The Student Pilot, who was the lone occupant, disembarked the aircraft unassisted and without injury.