At about 14:08 local time (13:08 UTC) on December 10, 2005, Flight 1145 from Abuja crash-landed on the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport. The plane, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 with 110 people onboard, burst into flames. Immediately after the crash, seven survivors were recovered and taken to hospitals, but it has since been reported that four of those survivors have died in hospital care, leaving three survivors, two of whom were flown to South Africa. In the end, two people survived.
The cause of the crash is unconfirmed but it is believed that the aircraft overshot the runway during a thunderstorm, and is reported to have been struck by lightning about 40 or 50 metres before touchdown.
An eyewitness at the airport said, "The place where I'm standing now is scattered with corpses" .
According to the airline's website, Sosoliso Airlines operated one MD-81 and three DC-9 airplanes, though it acquired an MD-82 during the last week of November. The crashed DC-9 was acquired from JAT Airways.
This is the first accident for the airline.
Many passengers survived the initial impact and died in the resulting fire. Port Harcourt Airport had one fire truck and no ambulances .
As of 11:35 P.M. EST on December 13, 2005, CNN incorrectly stated that one survivor remained .
One survivor, Kechi Okwuchi, was treated in Milpark Hospital at Johannesburg, South Africa as of 14 December 2005 and at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas, United States as of 6 September 2007. .
Loyola Jesuit dedicated a Memorial Hall to the dead students.