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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 20 June 1996
Time:07:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II
Operator:NAMCO
Registration: VR-BLJ
C/n / msn: 40
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Jos Airport (JOS) (   Nigeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Kano-Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria
Destination airport:Jos Airport (JOS/DNJO), Nigeria
Narrative:
Crashed after striking a radio antenna.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: In-flight collision with a communications mast that was installed by NITEL inside the obstacle limitations surface of the approach area of the airport. The weather condition was contributory to the accident and the error of the VOR navigation aid of more that 10 degrees radial was also a factor.

Classification:
Navigational beacons inoperative

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» The Federal Ministry of Aviation Nigeria


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Distance from Kano-Aminu Kano International Airport to Jos Airport as the crow flies is 269 km (168 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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