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29 October 2006 :: 18:10:08 pm 32142

Over 100 feared killed in Nigeria air crash

Over 100 people are feared killed today when a commercial airliner crashed moments after takeoff in the Nigerian capital Abuja, industry sources said.
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            ‘The ADC plane took off this morning from Lagos to Sokoto en route to Abuja with around 110 passengers and crew. After dropping some passengers in Abuja, it then took off for Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, via the north-western city of Sokoto (north). Some moments after taking off, it it lost control and crashed into a mountainous area after disappearing from radar. 

            “There were not less than 100 passengers in the airplane that crashed in Nigeria Sunday,” Harold Demuren, Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, said. 

            He said the plane was owned by an indigenous private operator, Aviation Development Corporation. The type of aircraft had yet to be confirmed. 

            Local media reports said there were fears that some top-ranking Sokoto state politicians and parliamentarians were onboard. 

            The airline had a serious plane crash in Lagos 10 years ago in which about 125 persons died.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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