HISTORY OF FLIGHT
N497AG, a HS 125 aircraft departed Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 1825hrs enroute Portharcourt on a business trip. There were five persons on board; three crew and two passengers. According to the Captain, the flight from Abuja and approach into runway 21 of Port Harcourt International airport was uneventful.
At 1913hrs, when the aircraft was six miles to touch down, the crew reported to the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) that they had field in sight. The ATC cleared the aircraft to land but to exercise caution as the runway surface was wet. The crew experienced a light rain at about 1.3 nautical miles to touchdown, after sighting the PAPI and runway lights on an ILS approach.
At 1916hrs, the captain stated that just on touchdown, the right hand and centerline lights were out and in a bid to line up with the lights; the aircraft veered off the runway to the left. He further stated that as it became clear that the lights were at the side of the runway, recovery was not possible and the aircraft entered the grass verge but later got back to the paved runway.
In the process, the nose wheel gear was dismembered from the airplane hinge point, hydraulic was leaking and grass was seen lodged at the generator cooling inlet. The crew replied negatively to the ATC inquest as to whether the operation was normal and added that the aircraft was stuck on the runway.
At 1917hrs, the crew requested for fire assistance and the ATC acknowledged.
At 1920hrs, the crew re-affirmed the accident and advised the ATC to close the runway as the aircraft was stuck on the runway.
The engines were shut down and passengers safely disembarked.