The first plane crash in Nigeria occurred on November 20, 1969 when a government-owned DC-10 aircraft on a flight from London crash-landed in Lagos. It killed and all 87 passengers and crew on board. Since that tragic incident, the country has experienced many more crashes resulting in the loss over a thousand lives.
The other plane crashes includes a Boeing 707 plane that crashed in Kano in 1973. It killed 171 Nigerian Muslims returning from Mecca and 5 crewmen died in crash. In March 1978 a former-28 Nigeria Airways crashed in Kano, 16 people died in the crash.
December 3, 1988, Nigeria Airways Forker-28 crashed in Enugu, killing 103 passengers while in December 1988,a Skypower Brandeironte aircraft overshot Ilorin Airport runway and killed all the passengers on board.
Similarly on February 24, 1991 a British Helicopter crashed in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, killing all nine people on board. While a Cessna Citation 550 of Ashaka Cement, Hombe, crashed on June 26, 1991 killing all on board. An Okada Air Bac-11 also crashed in Sokoto on May 21, 1991 and died three people.
On September 26, 1992 the country was thrown into mourning when a NAF C-130 Hercules from Lagos to Kaduna crashed at Ejigbo, Lagos killing all the 157 military officers. On 17 January 1996 Ibrahim Abacha, first son of then Head of State, late General Sani Abacha, and 13 others was killed in a plane crash .
In September 12, 1997 A NAF Dornier 228-212 in Nguru, Borno State ran into a ditch during the take off, none of the 10 people died. In the same vein, a Dornier aircraft plunged into a thick bush in the Niger Delta, October 26, 2000. The 6 occupants sustained injuries. On May 4, 2002, an EAS Airline BAC 1-11 bound for Lagos from Kano plowed into a poor, densely populated suburb of Kano shortly after takeoff, killing 148. The dead included all 76 aboard and persons on the ground.
An ADC Boeing 737 from Calabar Airport skidded off the runway March 20, 2003, 100 people on board escaped. On July 26, 2004, a Pan African Airlines’ helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in Escravos, Delta State. It killed 4 people on board .
Similarly, on December 29, 2004: A Boeing 727 of Chanchangi Airlines A Kenya Airlines aircraft crashed- landed at the Muritala Mohammed Airport (MMA) it was attributed to gear fault. On January 28, 2005: A Nigeria Air Force fighter plane crashed into a farmland in Yar Kanya, Kano State. While on February25, 2005, an ADC’s B73 aircraft had its tyre burnt while landing at Yola airport.
Also, on June 12, 2005: Lagos: a Boeing 727-200 aircraft belonging to the domestic Chachangi Airlines overshot the runway at Muritala Muhammed airport, while yet another overshot the runway at the Jos Airport the day before. Less than two weeks later, precisely on June 24, 2005, a Russian aircraft belonging to Harka Air crash- landed at the MMA. All the people on board died.
While on July 6, 2005, an Air France A330 plane crashed into a herd of cattle at Port Harcourt airport sustaining serious damage and killing many of the cows. On July 13, 2005, a Ugandan-registered cargo aircraft, belonging to Almiron Aviation, overshot the runway at Murtala Muhammed airport. There were no casualties. On July 23, 2005, a Lufthansa aircraft crash-landed at Lagos airport and was badly damaged, but no life was lost.
On 22 October 2005, Bellview airlines Boeing 737 carrying 117 people on board crashed at Lissa Ogun State soon after take-off from Lagos. It killed everyone on board. Less than 8 weeks after, a Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 crashed at the Port Harcourt, Airport on December 10, 2005. It killed 103 people on board. Among those killed were 62 pupils of the Loyola Jesuit School Abuja , who were returning to Port Harcourt for the Christmas holiday. Lagos based preacher, Pastor Bimbo Odukoya also died in the crash.
On September 17, 2006 an Air Force Dornier 228-212 aircraft with 18 people on board crashed into the hills of Ushongo village in Benue State, 18 nautical miles from its destination, Obudu in Cross River State. The 18 people on board were 10 army generals and 4 colonels. They all died in the crash
On October 29, 2006, an ADC Boeing 737 flight from Abuja to Sokoto crashed killing 106 out of 114 on board. Among who died in the crash were the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Maccido, his son, Senator Badamasi Maccido, Garba Mohammed, then deputy governor of Sokoto State, Abdulraham Shehu Shagari , son of second republic president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari amongst others.
On November 10, 2006, an OAS Service Helicopter crashed in Warri, Delta state killing 4 on board. In a similar development, on August 2, 2007, a Bristow-owned helicopter crashed inside ExxonMobil facility in Port Harcout.
While on March 15, 2008, a Beechcraft 1900D plane marked 5N-JAH, belonging to Wing Aviation crashed in the mountainous forest of Busi in Cross River State on its way to Obudu airstrip. The wreckage was not found until 6 months after the disappearance of the aircraft. All 4 man crew on board died.
On April 20, 2010, 97 passengers on board an Abuja bound Dana Air plane lost an engine to bird strike shortly after take off at MMA. On July 30, 2011, an helicopter belonging to Ogendengbe Air Service crashed on the Oke-Obanla hill inside the Osun State Government Reserve in Ikonifin, a Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Mrs Josephine Kuteyi, and her Personal Assistant, Mrs Oyebola Okubanjo died in the crash.
On March 14 year, a Nigerian Police aircraft crashed in Jos, Plateau State. The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, Mr John Haruna, his orderly and the pilot died in the crash. June 3, 2012: A Dana Air flight from Abuja to Lagos crashed into residential buildings in Iju, near Lagos killing scores of people.