Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-55F 9G-MKD, Tuesday 17 December 1996
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Date:Tuesday 17 December 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-55F
Owner/operator:MK Airlines
Registration: 9G-MKD
MSN: 45965/346
Year of manufacture:1968
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (Q)
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC) -   Nigeria
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Luxembourg-Findel Airport (LUX/ELLX)
Destination airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The MK Airlines freighter struck trees during a VOR approach to Port Harcourt runway 21. A go-around was commenced, but when the DC-8 didn't respond as expected, the pilot decided to continue to land. The aircraft touched down 250 m short of the runway, hit some approach lights, ran onto the runway and then veered off the left side of the runway.

CAUSE: A highly unstabilised approach that resulted in a touch down half a mile from the runway threshold.


Aircraft Illustrated Mar. 1997
Scramble 213
The Federal Ministry of Aviation Nigeria



photo (c) Pedro de la Cruz, via Werner Fischdick; Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI); February 1996

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