Accident Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 5N-ANA, Wednesday 1 March 1978
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Date:Wednesday 1 March 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic F28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000
Owner/operator:Nigeria Airways
Registration: 5N-ANA
MSN: 11993
Year of manufacture:1970
Total airframe hrs:10625 hours
Cycles:13303 flights
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:2 km SW of Kano International Airport (KAN) -   Nigeria
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sokoto Airport (SKO/DNSO)
Destination airport:Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN)
At 12:31 hours the Fokker F-28 was cleared by Kano Control Tower to descend to flight level 65. When reporting field in sight it was asked to maintain same flight level because a Nigerian Air Force MiG-21U jet trainer had been cleared to descend to 500 m off (about 3,000ft QNH) and report overhead. When the jet trainer was on final it was cleared for a touch-and-go and while it was taking off the F-28 reported left hand down wind runway 05 still maintaining FL65. The F-28 was then cleared to descend to circuit altitude and report final as number 1. The jet trainer was informed accordingly and was instructed to let the F-28 land first. At 12:42 hours the F28 was on final and cleared to land. At 12:43 the duty controller observed the aircraft crashing in flames about 2 km before runway 05 threshold.


Willem Wendt
A Benefit Analysis for Cabin Water Spray Systems and Enhanced Fuselage Burnthrough Protection (CAA PAPER 2002/04)
Nigeria Reports 18 Dead in Crash Of Civilian and Military Planes (New York Times - Mar 3, 1978)


  • 21st worst accident in 1978
  • 18th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Fokker, Frank Ellemers; near Amsterdam; October 1970

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