18 Years ago today: On 4 May 2002 an EAS Airlines BAC One-Eleven crashed into houses on takeoff from Kano, Nigeria killing 71 occupants and 78 persons on the ground.

Date: Saturday 4 May 2002
Time: ca 13:35
BAC One-Eleven 525FT
Operator: EAS Airlines
Registration: 5N-ESF
C/n / msn: 266
First flight: 1980
Engines: Rolls-Royce Spey 512-14DW
Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Passengers: Fatalities: 64 / Occupants: 69
Total: Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 77
Ground casualties: Fatalities: 78
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: Kano (   Nigeria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Kano-Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria
Destination airport: Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
Flightnumber: 4226

The BAC One-Eleven jet operated on a flight from Jos to Lagos via Kano. Shortly after departing Kano, the aircraft reportedly stalled. It came down in the heavily populated district of Gwammaja about half a mile from the airport on the outskirts of Kano. It sheared roofs from two-story concrete homes and sliced a mosque in half as it broke apart and burst into flames. Some 23 houses in Gwammaja area were destroyed, along with a school and the mosque.
Reportedly 5N-ESF had been on the ground for 52 days because of engine problems. In May 2002 an engine was fitted, that belonged to another grounded One-Eleven, 5N-ESD. Just ten hours after the new engine had been fitted, 5N-ESF crashed at Kano.