Bellview Airlines Flight 210

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Bellview Airlines Flight 210
Bellview Airlines Sierra Leone Boeing 737-200 Makinde-1.jpg
A Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200 similar to the aircraft involved in the accident.
Accident summary
Date 22 October 2005 (2005-10-22)
Summary Undetermined
Site Lisa, Ogun State, Lagos, Nigeria
6°48′43″N 3°18′19″E / 6.81194°N 3.30528°E / 6.81194; 3.30528Coordinates: 6°48′43″N 3°18′19″E / 6.81194°N 3.30528°E / 6.81194; 3.30528
Passengers 111
Crew 6
Fatalities 117 (all)
Aircraft type Boeing 737-200
Operator Bellview Airlines
Registration 5N-BFN
Flight origin Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos
Destination Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Bellview Airlines Flight 210, was a scheduled domestic passenger flight, operating as a Boeing 737-200 aircraft from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos en route to the Nigerian capital Abuja. On 22 October, 2005, the plane nose dived and crashed at Lisa Village, Ogun State,killing all 117 people on board.[1] The records obtained by the Associated Press (AP) showed that the captain of a Bellview Airlines flight that crashed had gone back to work as a pilot despite being shot in the head years before. And in another case, a pilots' manual included blank pages instead of key safety information, the investigation further revealed.

Though officials now say air travel is much safer, the documents add to worries about flights in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people where graft and incompetence often dominate government and where the demand for air travel has spiked over the last five years. A report on the crash showed the plane nose-dived into the ground at high speed. Investigators reportedly found only human remains that were "nothing bigger than toes and fingers," the report read. The plane's captain, a 49-year-old former pilot, had been hired by Bellview after he had been working at a dairy for about 14 years, the summary read. The pilot also had been "shot in the head during a robbery attempt" during that break from flying, the report said.

The cause of the crash was never determined. The crash caused the U.S to criticized the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) as they failed to enforce safety regulations and oversight.


Flight 210 was a scheduled passenger flight from Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The flight departed Lagos at 20:35, as the aircraft entered a right turn tower controller told the crew to contact the approach controller. The approach controller told the crew to next report passing 13,000 feet or when crossing the LAG beacon, this last contact was at 20:36.[1] The pilot of Bellview Airlines Flight 210 sent a distress signal just after taking off from Lagos for the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in stormy weather at 20:45 (1945 GMT).[2]

The approach controller tried to contact Flight 210 at 20:46 but had no response. An alert was raised with the National Emergency Management Agency to start a search and rescue operation. The plane was first reported found on Sunday morning by a police helicopter search team near the rural town of Kishi, Oyo state, 400km (320 miles) from Lagos. It was suggested 50 people might have survived.But officials later retracted statements about the plane's location and survivors after a TV crew said it had found the aircraft near the village of Lissa in Ogun state, about 50km (30 miles) from Lagos.[3]

Images of mangled bodies, twisted chunks of metal and ripped luggage were broadcast.The National Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday afternoon that the plane had crashed and burst into flames in swampland north of Lagos.Spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye told AFP news agency that the plane hit the ground with such speed it was partly buried under ground. No-one on the plane would have lived after the initial impact, he said.Nigerian Red Cross officials confirmed no sign of survivors had been found at the scene.[1] All 117 on board had been killed and the aircraft was destroyed.[1]

Passengers and Crews[edit]

The plane was carrying 111 passengers and 6 crews. Most of them were thought to be Nigerians, with at least 10 were Ghanaians and one U.S citizens. There were many notable people on the flight:

The Flight crews are Captain Imasuen Lambert from Okada, Albarka, a very experienced pilot, Flight Officer Eshun Ernest, a Ghana national, with his wife was also onboard and Flight Engineer Sanni Steve from Imane, Olamaboro Local Government of Kogi State; National Treasurer, Congress for Free Trade Union (CFTU). The cabin crews are Etim Victoria, Ukuwelah Lulu, and Queen Ozekhome which was travelling with her fiancee Mr. Emeka Morrison. [5]


After the crash, searchers were unable to find either the voice or flight data recorders.[6]


The aircraft was a twin-engined Boeing 737-200 registered in Nigeria as 5N-BFN. The aircraft had manufacturers serial number 22734 and been built in 1981 for Maersk Air and had flown 55,772 hours since new.[1]


The investigation was hampered by the lack of data recorder evidence and the official report was not released until February 2013[1]

The Nigerian Aircraft Investigation Bureau could not identify the cause of the accident but considered several factors:[1]

  • The pilot-in-command (PIC) training of the Captain was inadequate, and the cumulative flight hours of the pilot in the days before the accident which was indicative of excessive workload that could lead to fatigue. The investigation was unable to determine the captain’s medical condition at the time of the accident.[1]
  • The aircraft had a number of technical defects and should not have been flown for either the accident flight or earlier flights. The airline failed to maintain an operating and maintenance regime within the regulations and the Civil Aviation Authority’s safety oversight of the operator’s procedures and operations was inadequate.[1]

With no ability to reconstruct the flight the investigation was unable to come to any conclusion of the aircraft or crews performance or the effect of the weather on the flight. The AIB could not reach a conclusion about the cause but made Four safety recommendations in the report:

  1. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority should improve oversight of airline maintenance and operations.[1]
  2. The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency should increase radar coverage to enhance air traffic services and assist in search and rescue operations.[1]
  3. Bellview should improve its maintenance procedures and authorisations.[1]
  4. Bellview should review its safety and quality control regime.[1]

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