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ADC Airlines was a Nigerian airline owned by Aviation Development Company plc and headquartered in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. It operated domestic scheduled services and regional charter flights. It had applied to be designated on international routes. Its main base was Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
|Founded||1984 (Suspended since 2007)|
|Focus cities||Abuja, Nigeria; Lagos, Nigeria; Sokoto, Nigeria; Yola, Nigeria; Calabar, Nigeria; Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|Frequent-flyer program||Unicorn Club|
|Fleet size||3 (October 2006)|
|Destinations||6 (February 2005)|
|Headquarters||Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria|
|Key people||Captain Babajide B. Alakija -Chairman|
Captain Mfon E. Udom – MD/CEO,
Aviation Development Company plc opened in December 1984. In 1990 the company began to set up ADC Airlines, which became operational on 1 January 1991. In 1994 the airline was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Originally it offered domestic services to Calabar, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna and regional services to Monrovia in Liberia, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Conakry in Guinea, Banjul in Gambia and Accra in Ghana.
In 2000 it was decided to temporarily suspend ADC Airlines operations in order to re-capitalise the company. In February 2002 a Boeing 737-200 was acquired and operations restarted to Calabar. Since then three further Boeing 737s have joined the fleet. The airline is owned by the Aviation Development Company (ADC).
ADC airlines operated over 120 flights a week on the following services (at February 2005):
- Abuja to Lagos, Sokoto and Yola
- Calabar to Lagos and Port Harcourt
- Lagos to Abuja, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Sokoto and Yola
- Port Harcourt to Calabar and Lagos
- Sokoto to Abuja and Lagos
- Yola to Abuja and Lagos
All flights have been suspended since the crash of Flight 053.
Accidents and incidents Edit
Flight 086 Edit
On 7 November 1996 a Boeing 727-231 Flight 086 en route from Port Harcourt crashed into the lagoon in Lagos 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Lagos airport while trying to avoid a collision with another aircraft flying out of Lagos airport. The fatal flight was flown by decorated former Nigeria Airways captain, Captain Dafe.   
On 29 July 1997 a BAC One-Eleven 203AE landing at Calabar overshot the runway and an engine caught fire. There was one fatality.
Flight 053 Edit
On 29 October 2006 a passenger plane, crashed near the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Local radio called on doctors to rush to the scene. One hundred and four people were on board the Boeing 737-200, which was traveling to Sokoto, and hospitals report seven survivors were found – six in a stable condition. The spiritual head of Nigerian Muslims, Sultan Maccido of Sokoto, died in the crash. His son, who is a senator, the deputy governor of Sokoto state and at least one other senator were also victims.
The airline has since been suspended by the Nigerian government until further notice.
The ADC Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft in October 2006:
Previously operated Edit
- World Airline Directory. Flight International. 3–9 April 1996. - 0772.html 36. Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
- "Report on the Accident to ADC Airlines, Boeing 737-2B7 Registration 5N-BFK at Tungar Madaki,Abuja on 29th October, 2006" ( Archived 2019-06-05 at the Wayback Machine). Accident Investigation Bureau. Retrieved on August 31, 2014. p. 7/97. "Aviation Development Company PLC 84, Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos"
- "Corporate Profile." ADC Airlines. 6 May 2006. Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
- Ranter, Harro. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Nigeria > ADC Airlines". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-231 5N-BBG Ejirin". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- "ADC Crash of November 7th 1996 at Itoikin Ejirin-20 years after…". Mamaj's Aviation Blog. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
- "Google Groups". groups.google.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
- "Nigeria Airways on Instagram: "ADC Flight 86: 7-11-1996. 20 years in Glory. Forever in our hearts. Nigeria Airways and ADC Captain Dafe Sama (†), seen here in the company…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
- Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident BAC One-Eleven 203AE 5N-BAA Calabar Airport (CBQ)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2B7 5N-BFK Abuja International Airport (ABV)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- "ADC Airlines: Extinct due to a series of unfortunate events". Nigerian Flight Deck. 2016-08-07. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- "ADC Airlines Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2017-04-10.