Backgrounder: Major air crashes since 2003
Airliner with 114 aboard crashes in Nigeria
LAGOS, Oct. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A Nigerian plane carrying 116 people including
several high ranking officials crashed late Saturday shortly after taking off
from Lagos for the capital Abuja, state radio reported on Sunday.
"It has been confirmed in the early hours of this morning that a Boeing 737
Bellview Airlines plane which took off from Lagos ...has crashed. Some high
level government officials are believed to be on board," said the state radio.
The state radio added that the ill-fated Boeing 737-200 airliner was
carrying 116 people: 110 passengers and six crew members. Earlier an official of
the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said there were 114 people on
According to local media, among several high-ranking officials is Chairman
of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Waziri Mohammed who is also a presidential
FAAN Spokesman Adamu Abdullahi said the missing airliner heading for the
Nigerian capital Abuja was operated by Bellview Airlines, one of leading local
He added that they were trying to locate the aircraft after it lost contact
with the control tower minutes after taking off for the capital Abuja. "Two
police helicopters are looking for it," hesaid.
According to a Bellview official, the missing plane "took off at 8:45 (1945
GMT) and lost contact."
The Boeing 737-200 normally carries about 110 passengers. The Lagos-Abuja is the busiest shuttle route in the west African country as Lagos is the commercial capital of the country and Abuja, the nation's capital. Enditem