Sixth Nigerian air disaster in two decades

2012-06-04 08:16
 Investigators have started looking into the cause of  the  Dana Air flight crash, headed from Abuja to Lagos, that has crashed -  killing all 153 passengers on board.

Here are details of the other five disasters.

-Oct. 29, 2006: An Aviation Development Co flight from Abuja to Sokoto crashes, killing 96 people, including the top spiritual leader for the nation's Muslims. The plane crashed 76 seconds afterbecoming airborne. An investigative report found that just before the crash alarms began sounding in the cockpit and the pilots' incorrect actions stalled the plane. The report read: "Although bad weather may have created the situation, which the pilots reacted to, they reacted inappropriately."

-Dec. 10, 2005: A Sosoliso Airlines flight full of schoolchildren flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt crashes, killing 107 people. A US Federal Aviation Administration report later says the pilot was "reportedly racing a thunderstorm" nearing the airport. The report said inclement weather also forced the pilot to make an instrument landing - meaning that visibility had been reduced to the point the pilot needed to rely on instruments to make his landing.

-Oct. 22, 2005: A Bellview Airlines flight crashes, killing 117 people, including a US citizen, after nose-diving into the ground at high speed. An investigative report later said the plane's captain, a 49-year-old former pilot, had been hired by Bellview after he had been working at a dairy for about 14 years. The report said the pilot also had been "shot in the head during a robbery attempt" during that break from flying.

-May 4, 2002: An EAS airliner with 77 people aboard crashes into a bustling working-class neighborhood in the northern city of Kano just after takeoff. Only four people aboard survived the crash, which killed dozens more on the ground. In total, at least 149 people were killed.

-Sept. 27, 1992: A military transport plane crashes into a swamp shortly after takeoff from Lagos. All 163 army soldiers, relatives and crew members on board were killed. - Sapa-AP

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