Nov 6, 2006
ADC Airlines, Boeing
US National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team of investigators to Nigeria to assist in determining the cause of Sunday's ADC Airlines 737-200 crash in Abuja that reportedly killed 98 of 106 on board and one farmer on the ground. Abuja's Daily Trust reported yesterday that the aircraft's pilots were told not to take off because of poor weather but insisted on doing so. Citing three ADC staff who declined to be identified, the newspaper said the Abuja Airport control tower sent instructions shortly before the crash "suspending flights from either landing or taking off from the airport" due to "very bad weather emanating from a heavy rainstorm in Abuja." The pilot chose to take off and was not stopped by the airline. Flight 53 originated in Lagos and stopped in Abuja before departing to final destination Sokoto. The aircraft crashed and burned in a cornfield near Abuja Airport immediately after takeoff. According the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network, the Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A-powered aircraft, registered 5N-BFK, made its first flight in September 1983. The crash is the third commercial air disaster, and fourth overall, in Nigeria in fewer than 13 months, collectively killing more than 300 passengers. ASN said the latest crash marks ADC's fifth hull-loss accident since launching operations in 1991. According to its website, ADC operated four dash 200s. Eight passengers reportedly survived Sunday's crash. Oct 31, 2006
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