IRS F100 near GANLA on May 10th 2014, loss of radio contact and emergency landing
Last Update: September 25, 2018 / 16:40:40 GMT/Zulu time
Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authorities confirmed the aircraft lost radio contact at about 20:00L (19:00Z) when enroute near GANLA (Niger), Niamey (Niger) Airport was informed and ready for a possible emergency landing.
Nigeria's Accident Investigation Board stated, that Niger is leading the investigation into the accident, delegations of Nigeria's Accident Investigation Board, Nigeria's Civil Acviation Authority and the airline are going to join the investigation. The aircraft was about 67nm from Kano, about to be handed off to Kano, when radio contact was lost and the aircraft disappeared from Niamey Radar. The aircraft came to a stop just short of the border to Nigeria.
GANLA waypoint is located at N13.7514 E8.3294 (Niger) about 104nm north of Kano (Nigeria).
According to radar data the aircraft had departed Bratislava at 10:30L (08:30Z), according to Nigeria's CAA the aircraft lost radio contact near GANLA at about 19:00Z, about 10.5 hours later (editorial note: an intermediate landing thus appears likely).
On May 11th 2014 the first officer tweeted that the aircraft last landed with the gear extended.
5N-SIK had been in Slovakia for a C-Check following a hydraulics problem which prompted Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority to ground the airline in October 2013 as the airline no longer had a minimum of two serviceable aircraft. The return of 5N-SIK was eagerly awaited by the airline to be able to resume service.
On Sep 25th 2018 the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) reported in February 2018 they have been contacted by Niger's Authorities for assistance into the investigation.
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