Nigerian authorities publish report of Associated crash
The Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau has just released its final report regarding the crash of Associated Aviation Flight 361 on October 3, 2013. At the time, an Embraer EMB 120 crashed after take off in Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos.
The plane was transporting the body of the former Governor of Omdo State, Olusegun Agagu, to its burial ground in Akure. 16 people were onboard the plane, of which 12 died in the crash and four were severely injured.
The report points at several human mistakes from the flight crew, who ignored cockpit alarms.
The torque indicator for the first engine of the plane was stuck on 76%. Without the torque indicator, the flight crew used an unconventional method (engine temperature indicator) to set the engine power. An aural warning then informed the pilots that the flap position were not in adequacy with the selection. On top of that, the co-pilot notified the captain that the RPM of the second engine was abnormally slow, and advised him to abort takeoff.
However, the pilot continued his maneuver, and the plane took off momentarily before crashing in a generator house close to the airport.
Associated Aviation was an airline based in Ikeja, Nigeria. It is now out of business.
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