Airplane Crash - Near Kano, Nigeria 06/17/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Kano, Nigeria


Date06/17/1961
Time22:23
LocationNear Kano, Nigeria
OperatorContinentale Deutsche Luftreederei
RouteTripoli - Kano
TypeDouglas C-54B-1-DC
RegistrationD-ABEB
Cn/In10530
Aboard7
Fatalities1
Ground0
SummaryError in judgement on the part of the captain, who, after sighting the runway lights, concentrated on keeping them in sight and failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments. As a result, he allowed the aircraft to descend below the obstacle clearance limit of 360ft. In the darkness, with no ground reference, the runway lights gave him insufficient guidance as to his height and angle of approach and he was unaware that the aircraft had descended to ground level. The fatigue of the captain and the failure to illuminate the aircraft's landing lights were conributing factors.

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