Nigerian Airforce Lockheed C130 Hercules.Pic courtesy Airlinersnet.

Nigerian Airforce Lockheed C130 Hercules. Pic courtesy

Lockheed C130 Hercules and the muddy grave.

Saturday, September 26, 1992 was a perfect day for flying.

There was an atmosphere of joy and anticipation amongst the passengers when the last of the 158 passengers took his seat at the rear of the aircraft. They included the best and the brightest of the country’s military minds. Shortly before 4:15pm, the air force Lockheed C130 Hercules got clearance from the control tower to take off. Sitting in the cockpit were experienced pilot and Air force Wing Commander JP Alabosun and his copilot Wing Commander Mamadi. The premonition of the great evil about to befall the passengers was present but the gods weren’t showing it.

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