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|
BAC One-Eleven 525FT
|C/n / msn:||266|
|Engines:||2 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|
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.