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Governor Danbaba Suntai’s Plane Crash Details Released, Transferred To National Hospital

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Oct 27, 2012 – Governor Danbaba Suntai’s Plane Crash Details Released, Transferred To National Hospital

Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State was the last person rescued from the crashed Cessna 208 aircraft he piloted. An official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), who participated in the Search and Rescue operations, said the governor was stuck on the cockpit at the crash site and required extra carefulness to bring him out.

“Others who sat behind him, were immediately evacuated, making him the last person to be rescued. He was stuck on the cockpit,” he said. Meanwhile, fresh facts have emerged as to what might have caused the crash.

According to a top official of the aviation ministry, the governor and his entourage allegedly disobeyed the flight rule of Yola Airport, which, at the moment, operates a sunrise to sunset arrangement, as it does not have night operations facilities. Consequently, the airport closes at about 6pm, but the governor and his team radioed Air Traffic Control in Yola that they will be arriving by 6.45pm.

This made the ATCs to await their arrival. Five minutes to the expected time of arrival, the ATCs lost contact with the Cessna airplane. “The control tower people became worried and they alerted the Airport Fire department and immediately, a Search and Rescue operation was initiated using the coordinates of when he last contacted the tower. He established contacts with tower five minutes to landing and thereafter nothing was heard from him. Under normal operations, he was not supposed to come in at that time.

He ought to have come in before 6pm but he radioed that he will arrive by 6.45pm; so the tower was expecting him, but never got here. The airplane went down some minutes to 7pm. By right, the airplane ought to have been closed but they had to wait for them,” the source said. The source further said Suntai had no co-pilot on board and having lost contact with tower means he likely had a technical hitch, though he never at any time said he was in distress.

The source also said the airplane took off from an unmanned airstrip in Jalingo, as neither navigational equipment of NAMA nor its staff were present at the place. “So, it calls to question how he has been taking off from an unmanned airspace in Jalingo and landing in Yola. So, who has been clearing him for takeoff from an airstrip without air traffic services,” he queried. Officials of the Accident Investigations Bureau (AIB) have taken over the investigation and cordoned off the crash site.

A source in AIB said the bureau would reconstruct what might have probably happened and also study the black boxes. The Cessna 208 is a single turboprop engine, fixed-gear short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft built in the United States by Cessna. The airplane typically seats nine passengers, with a single person crew, although with a FAR Part 23 waiver, it can seat up to fourteen passengers. The aircraft is also used for cargo feeder liner operations. (SaturdaySunreport)



  1. Idoko Christian Chukwuka

    October 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    The end is very near. People must be very careful, considering how things happen nowadays.


    October 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I was shocked when i heard d story, GOD, I just pray he should fully survive it, because taraba state really need him, bt he should have obey the instructions and d formal informations give to him ,five o’clock is there he can fly d plane, hw can Adamawa state as big as it is could nt operate at nite? and nw no single extra pilot in d plane wit him to assist him, he shud have fly back to jalingo wen he think there is no chance for him, Governor danbaba needs to be very much careful and also learn hw to exercise patience no matter wat it is, WE LOVE U GOV. Wish u QUICK recovery, cos we need u back to that SEAT. GOD is ur HEALER.

  3. Henry

    October 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Very funny** governor is nt okey 4 him

  4. Henry

    October 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    If he recove he should also learn hw 2 drive train

  5. emma4Jesu

    October 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    when he recover he should also learn how to sail boat

  6. Don

    October 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Why would these money-bags of Nigeria take laws into their hands? There are so many ways through which God humbles human beings to make them admit His superemacy over all creatures; perhaps, that is just what He(God) has done. They(the leaders) keep cruising with people’s money thinking that God doesn’t see and nobody can challenge them; but He(God) does and His actions are slated to an appointed time. Nigerian governors are now making competition over who acquires the most expensive aircraft at the expense of the impoverished citizens they are governing! What an irony! God must fight for us and He will surely save us from the hands of wicked leaders. This is a food for thought if they will reason.

  7. Augustine Dayamba

    October 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Gov. Danbaba I wish u quick recovery so that you can continue the good work of development you have been carrying out in the state. We thank the Almighty God for the great miracle He worked for you and the entire citizens of Taraba State. This is an unfortunate incidence that has taught us a lot: Man is nothing without God.

  8. Hope H

    November 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    May u recover quick govornor

  9. azieze micheal

    November 9, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    God is on ur side, he rescued you from death over the air crash.may his name be highly exorted. AMEN.

  10. Dauda Customs,

    November 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    MIRACLES! is not about telling lies,You all can see the TRUE MIRACLE HAND OF

    THE LORD GOD. you need to know how HIS EXCELLENCY GOV. D.D.SUNTAI has committed his entire life by the grace of God for the service of GOD ALMIGHTY and the people of TARABA STATE.
    PHIL 2:13 HEBREWS 12:12-13 1JOHN 5:14-15 JAMES 1:17 ROMANS 8:31

  11. John mtindiga

    November 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I wish Governor suntai quick recovery and God’s protection, Amen.

  12. jesus abraham

    November 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Its not anything anyone should worry About..let me tell u all a story,
    A governor that came into power like many of them,a harsh phone call from Mr President to allow some guy from no where to rule a state while telling the rest of the world Nigeria is a democratic state where people are elected into power..and so the name Danbaba was known
    He did his thing for four years and just at da start of his second tenure he decided to drop his deputy for stealing money from da first tenure..telling us a deputy can embessle money right under the governors nose without a commission to his excellence.”They think we are fools”.
    Just after bringing another person no one knows about AGAIN to stand for deputy he decided to fly a one engine second hand plane he got a license for just 6month to yola..ohh da plane was suppose to have cost him 1.5billion naira..if anyone has 375million,rest assured I will him or her dat plane and an even better model..
    Well he crashed and let us live our lifes and hope we get to elect someone as deputy for da luckiest deputy in Nigeria..

  13. kolawole Moses Sunday

    January 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    God is ur Healer my God-fearing Gov

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