The Disaster! What You Need To Know About Nigeria Airways Flight 2120

The Disaster! What You Need To Know About Nigeria Airways Flight 2120
May 13
16:59 2017

Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 was a chartered passenger flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Sokoto, Nigeria on 11 July 1991 which crashed shortly after takeoff from King Abdulaziz International Airport, killing all 247 passengers and 14 crew members on board.

The aircraft was a Douglas DC-8 operated by Nationair for Nigeria Airways. Flight 2120 is the deadliest accident involving a DC and remains the deadliest aviation disaster involving a Canadian airline


The aircraft departed King Abdulaziz International Airport bound for Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport in Sokoto, but problems were reported shortly after takeoff.

The crew attempted to return to the airport for an emergency landing, but the aircraft which was already on fire, experienced an inflight break-up, and crashed 2,875 metres (9,432 ft) short of runway 34L. When the aircraft was about 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the airport and at an altitude of 671 metres (2,201 ft), a number of bodies fell from it, indicating that the fire by that time had consumed, at least partially, the cabin floor.

All 261 occupants on board—including 247 passengers—perished in the accident.

As of July 2014, the accident remains the deadliest crash involving a Douglas DC-8,[11] as well as the second deadliest crash taking place on Saudi Arabian soil after Saudia Flight 163

Source: Wikipedia

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