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    Nigerian Airliner Reported Missing After Take-Off

    Nigerian airliner reported missing after take-off
    Airport loses contact with plane carrying 114, according to local media

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9786388/

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    Updated: 10:52 p.m. ET Oct. 22, 2005

    LAGOS, Nigeria - A Nigerian passenger aircraft carrying 114 people went missing late on Saturday shortly after take-off from Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, local media reported.

    Aviation authorities were trying to locate the aircraft after it lost contact with the control tower minutes after taking off for the capital Abuja, media said.

    Pilots issued a distress call before the plane disappeared from radar about 15 miles west of Lagos over the Atlantic Ocean, state television reported.

    No other details were immediately available.

    Bellview is a privately owned Nigerian airline that mostly operates a fleet of mostly Boeing 737s on internal routes and throughout West Africa.

    More details to come on MSNBC.com.

    The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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    beltman713 Guest
    Didn't another airliner disappear in Africa a while back?

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    somebigguy Guest
    Those pesky Nigerian pilots and their uncanny ability to follow simple procedure and issuing distress calls. How come they don't have that ability in the U.S.?

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    Nigerian airliner crashes after take-off
    All 117 on board are killed, Red Cross says

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9786388/

    Updated: 1:58 p.m. ET Oct. 23, 2005

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Officials reported finding no signs of life Sunday when they reached the site where a passenger jet carrying 117 people crashed shortly after taking off from Nigeria’s largest city.

    “There are no signs of survivors. It appears all 117 passengers and crew are dead, according to the Nigerian Red Cross,” said Eva Calvo, spokeswoman for the international Red Cross in Geneva.

    Abilola Oloko, spokesman for Oyo state, where the plane crashed, also said reports “say that all the people on the plane died.” He initially had said more than half those on board survived but reversed himself later, blaming confusion at the crash scene for conflicting reports.

    There also was early confusion about where the Boeing 737 operated by Nigerian-owned Bellview Airlines went down late Saturday.

    Officials first said the pilots issued a distress call before the plane disappeared from radar while over the Atlantic Ocean about 15 miles west of Lagos. A police spokesman later said the craft crashed near Kishi, 120 miles north of Lagos.

    But the wreckage was later found in a wooded area near Lissa, a small town 30 miles north of Lagos.

    The Boeing 737, which was en route to the capital, Abuja, lost contact with the control tower five minutes after taking off from the international airport in Lagos at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, said Jide Ibinola, a spokesman for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.

    The flight is popular among Nigerians and expatriates shuttling between the two cities.

    President Olusegun Obasanjo — grieving for his wife, Stella, who died early Sunday in Spain — was personally overseeing search and rescue operations and asked “all Nigerians to pray for all those aboard the plane and their families,” his office said in a statement.

    Representatives of many countries gathered at the airport to find out if any of their citizens were on board the flight.

    The airline said 117 people were on board — 111 passengers and six crew members — but gave no more details.

    Ibinola said the craft was headed to Abuja, on what was supposed to have been a 50-minute flight. There was no immediate indication the crash was terrorism-related.

    The privately owned Bellview, one of about a dozen Nigerian airlines, operates a fleet of mostly Boeing 737s on internal routes and throughout West Africa. It began flying about 10 years ago and had not suffered a crash before.

    Many consider Bellview to be among the most-reliable airlines shuttling between Nigeria’s often-chaotic regional airports, which can resemble bus depots where crowds battle for seats on planes.

    In May 2002, an EAS Airlines jet — another domestic carrier — plowed into a heavily populated neighborhood after takeoff at the airport outside the northern city of Kano, killing 154 people in the plane and on the ground.

    The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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