Aircraft number 992 took off from Abuja for Lagos at 2.58 pm local time. In the initial moments, the plane was flying in a normal manner.
The fire broke out after the accident (File Photo)
Since the introduction of air travel, it has made a big revolution in the field of travel, because now the journeys of days, months can be completed in just a few hours. However, the history of air travel is almost 100 years old and during this time there have been some such accidents which have given deep wounds to the people. One such incident happened on this day in Nigeria, when all the people on board were killed when the plane crashed. At the same time, six people died at the place where the plane crashed. A total of 159 people died in this accident.
On June 3, 2012, Dana Air flight number 992 was scheduled to fly from Nigeria’s capital Abuja to Lagos. It was a domestic flight. But while attempting an emergency landing, the plane collided with buildings located in Lagos. There were 147 passengers and six crew members on board the plane at the time of the accident. The investigation conducted after the accident revealed that both the engines of the aircraft had failed due to lack of power. After this the crew did not follow the relevant procedures.
Instead of the engineer, the captain and the first officer engaged in investigating the fault himself
Aircraft number 992 took off from Abuja for Lagos at 2.58 pm local time. In the initial moments, the plane was flying in a normal manner. After 17 minutes of flight, the crew got information about the fault in the aircraft’s engine. However, instead of showing this error to the engineer aboard the aircraft, the captain and the first officer themselves got involved in the investigation. The point to be noted here is that even after the glitch in the plane, the pilot continued to fly the plane.
Air traffic control allows emergency landing
Now the fault in both the engines could be seen in the EPR value. The crew noticed that the plane’s left engine was not working. The crew decided that the plane would be diverted towards Lagos. The captain asked the first officer to lower the plane, but he refused to do so. He also got permission to land from Lagos Air Traffic Control. When the engines stopped working, the Captain took over the command of the aircraft from the First Officer.
The plane crashed in the area near the airport
The crew had not yet declared a state of emergency. After the failure of the left engine, the right engine also stopped working. However, the Captain persisted. But when the plane’s engine stopped working, now the crew started getting worried. After this, the crew declared a state of emergency when it was 20 km away from the airport. The plane was now falling rapidly downwards. This plane crashed in a town located near the airport.
The fire department was struggling with the lack of fire trucks
The plane hit an under-construction building, two trees and three houses in the Izu-Ishaga area. After the collision, there was a tremendous explosion and it caught fire in the entire area. There was panic in the area as soon as the information about the crash was received. The administration had to struggle hard to douse the fire as the fire department was struggling with the shortage of fire trucks. An attempt was made to extinguish the fire by taking water in buckets from the local people. By the time the fire was extinguished, 153 people on board the plane had died, while 6 people died on the ground.
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