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Engine failure led to Nigerian plane crash

Dual engine failure caused the crash of a Nigerian plane that killed 150 people on board, including two Indians, in Lagos last month, a preliminary official report has said.

The Nigerian government has released the results made available by the Accident Investigation Bureau [AIB] on the possible causes of the Dana airline crash that killed all 153 passengers and 6 crew members.

An Indian from Kerala, Rijo Eldos, was aboard the aircraft which crashed into a building in a highly populated area of Nigeria’s commercial capital while the co-pilot of the plane was an American of Indian origin, Mahendra Singh Rathore.

The Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of AIB, Captain Muhtar Usman, said the plane crashed, because of complete loss of power from its two engines while approaching the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

The preliminary report stated that the plane was on the fourth flight segment of the day, and had made consistent two round-trips between the commercial city of Lagos and the country’s capital Abuja.

‘The accident occurred during the return leg of the second trip. DAN 992 was on final approach for runway 18R at Lagos when the crew reported the total loss of power,’ the statement said.

The plane after taxing in Abuja was airborne after initial confirmation by the ground engineers that it had a fuel endurance of 3.5 hours.

The cockpit voice recorder [CVR], retained about 31 minutes of the flight.
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