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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168666
Last updated: 20 November 2021
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Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250D Aztec
Owner/operator:Westlink Airlines
Registration: 5N-BGZ
MSN: 27-4155
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Matseri village, Bunza Local Government Area, Kebbi -   Nigeria
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Birnin Kebbi airstrip
Destination airport:Birnin Kebbi airstrip
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
The Piper Aztec aircraft operated by Westlink Airlines departed Birnin Kebbi airstrip for a low level VFR pest control excercise in Matseri Village, Bunza Local Government Area, Nigeria.
Ten minutes after take-off, 5N-BGZ arrived over the target field and made some passes overhead the field to check for low level obstacles before commencing spray. A first spray pass over the target field was made. On the second and final pass of the day, the pilot and the oserver suddenly noticed anelectric power distribution line which was almost at the same height/level with their flight path. The Pilot slammed in power on the throttle and the Observer instinctively followed through on control, the aircraft was pitched nose up in an attempt to clear the obstacle, but the tailplane of the aircraft collided with the electric power cables. Consequently, the aircraft impacted the ground some distance away from the power line. The power line was not detected during the passes to check for low level obstacles. The two occupants disembarked unhurt but the aircraft was destroyed.

Inadequate visual lookout and failure to avoid the obstacle.
1. Inadequate planning and preparation for the flight.
2. Inadequate pilot training and experience on agricultural aerial work.
3. Limited regulatory guidance and oversight on agricultural operations.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 8 months
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2017-043 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA
Safety recommendation 2017-044 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA
Safety recommendation 2017-045 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA
Safety recommendation 2017-046 issued by AIB Nigeria to NCAA

Revision history:

13-Aug-2014 19:07 gerard57 Added
13-Aug-2014 19:08 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
14-Aug-2014 09:23 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
18-Apr-2018 13:02 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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