16 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
Type: 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
Airplane 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

Narrative:
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.