Besides being famous for housing a popular tourist attraction where warm and cold springs meet, Ikogosi in Ekiti State happens to be the first place where a plane crash incident occurred in Nigeria. The first plane crash in Nigeria happened on the 12th of April, 1942 at about 8:15 pm on a hill called Igbo Ilapa in the quiet town of Ikogosi, Ekiti State.
This plane crash occured at the time of the 2nd World War and it was conveying arms and ammunitions. The explosives carried by the plane was reported to have kept exploding even hours after the crash happened. The explosion set the entire forest on fire which ended up destroying everything that existed there. Till this moment, two hole riddled engines and other body parts of the plane still lies on the hill.
The pilot was said to have done all he could to make sure that the plane didn't crash in the town but inside the forest. If the pilot didn't manoeuvre the plane to crash on the forest-cloaked hill, the plane crash would have left many people dead and destroyed several properties in the town.
When it comes to the first Nigerian owned aircraft to crash in Nigeria, Nigeria as a country recorded its first plane crash on November 20, 1969. This was the first major plane crash in Nigeria after independence. The plane, DC-10, was owned by the government. The plane took off in London and crash-landed in Lagos. After crashing, the plane caught fire. The crash claimed the lives of 87 passengers and a crew on board.
The chance of surviving an air crash is very slim and as such is a disaster when they occur. According to statistics, most air crash occur during takeoffs or landing. Crashes during aircraft cruising are very minimal.
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