Associated Plane Crash Was Due to Human Error

Saturday, October 19, 2013
By George Hatcher

The report on the Associated Plane crash is based on a study of the flight data recorder (FDR) which contained 47 hours of data, and 32.5 minutes of cockpit voice recording of internal conversation of the two pilots, radio calls and cockpit noise. Sixteen people were killed when the Embraer 120 plane on a Lagos-Akure trajectory crashed shortly after takeoff outside Lagos airport’s domestic terminal. Four people survived.

The crew had concerns about the plane before they took off; and after they took off, there were more concerns. The crew ignored the plane’s warnings, then the First Officer complained that since the aircraft was not climbing, the Captain should not stall the aircraft. ATC expressed concern of the plane’s orientation.

The flight data shows the characteristics of an aerodynamic stall thirty one seconds before the crash. The failed engine was a Pratt & Whitney Canada model.

This is still the preliminary report, but it does point to facts that seem to show that the Lagos crash was caused by engine failure and human error.

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