A HARKA AIR Services Tupolev Tu-134 twinjet wet-leased from the Russian Komiavia group crashed in a rainstorm at Lagos, Nigeria, on 24 June, killing 16 passengers.

The aircraft, which was on a scheduled domestic flight from Kaduna, landed at Lagos International Airport in rain and a heavy crosswind, suffered undercarriage failure and ran off the runway over a storm-drain culvert, then burst into flames. The airframe came to rest completely submerged.

According to reports from Lagos ten of the fatalities consisted of passengers who were asphyxiated when they attempted to escape the smoke and heat by hiding in lavatories and baggage compartments. The aircraft's Russian crew of six all survived the crash.

Source: Flight International