Kano air disaster

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Kano air disaster
Boeing 707-3D3C JY-ADO Alia LHR 22.08.71 edited-2.jpg
JY-ADO, the aircraft involved in the accident, at London Heathrow Airport in 1971
Accident summary
Date 22 January 1973
Summary Landing gear collapse, bad weather
Site Kano, Nigeria
Passengers 193
Crew 9
Injuries (non-fatal) 26
Fatalities 176
Survivors 26
Aircraft type Boeing 707-3D3C
Operator Alia on behalf of Nigeria Airways
Registration JY-ADO

The Kano air disaster was a chartered Boeing 707 passenger flight on 22 January 1973 which crashed while attempting to land at Kano International Airport. 176 passengers and crew perished in the crash. It is the worst aviation disaster ever to take place in Nigeria.[1]


The Boeing 707, operated by Alia, had been chartered by Nigeria Airways to fly pilgrims back from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lagos, Nigeria. Bad weather at Lagos caused the crew to divert to Kano though the Airport there was experiencing high winds at the time. After touchdown the right main landing gear leg collapsed. The 707 turned 180 degrees, skidded off the side of the runway and caught fire.

Of the 202 passengers and crew on board, 176 died and only 26 survived. At the time it occurred, the Kano air disaster was the deadliest-ever aviation accident,[2] a distinction it only held for less than fourteen months before Turkish Airlines Flight 981 went down in France the next year, killing 346 people.[3]