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    From CNN Africa Correspondent Jeff Koinange
    LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) -- A jet with 114 people on board disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from the commercial capitol of Lagos, and Nigerian aviation authorities have confirmed the plane had gone down.

    The Boeing 737 left Murtala Muhammed airport at 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) Saturday and was en route to Nigeria's capital, Abuja -- a trip that should have taken about 50 minutes.

    But the control tower lost sight of the plane about three minutes after takeoff, authorities said.

    Some high-level Nigerian officials were believed to be on board the Belleview Airlines jet, the office of President Olusegun Obasanjo told CNN. They were headed to Abuja for a meeting.

    The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said two helicopters had been scrambled to search for it.

    The twin-engine plane had a capacity of 120 people.

    A storm was passing through Lagos about the time the flight left, according to CNN's Jeff Koinange.

    Flights leaving Lagos fly out over the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic, before turning back to reach Abuja, according to Koinange.
    no doubt a scam

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    I am writing you in the utmost of urgency. You see my father is the deposed king of nigeria and his fortunes of 30 billion dollars have been taken hostage on this missing airplane. Please be kind to send me 50,000 dollars to pay the ransom and I will repay you with 1 million dolalrs once the airplane is returned.

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    muchspl3's Avatar muchspl3 > muchspl2
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    `anyone from Argentina on this board?

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    It's not missing anymore.
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    I hear some people actually walked away alive from this.
    Muchspl case of oppps methinks

    My bad ,none survived

    All 117 passengers and crew of a commercial airliner which crashed on an internal flight in Nigeria on Saturday were killed, the government has said.

    There had initially been conflicting reports about whether anyone survived.

    But officials at the scene said no-one could have survived the plane's impact, the cause of which remains unknown.

    Senior officials, including an MP and a general, were said to be on the flight. The government has declared three days of national mourning from Monday.

    President Olusegun Obasanjo urged all Nigerians to pray for the victims and their families.

    Anxious relatives

    The pilot of Bellview Airlines flight 210 sent a distress signal just after taking off from Lagos for the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in stormy weather at 2045 (1945 GMT) on Saturday.

    The plane was first reported found on Sunday morning by a police helicopter search team near the rural town of Kishi, Oyo state, 400km (320 miles) from Lagos. It was suggested 50 people might have survived.

    Map of Nigeria

    But officials later retracted statements about the plane's location and survivors after a TV crew said it had found the aircraft near the village of Lissa in Ogun state, about 50km (30 miles) from Lagos.

    Images of mangled bodies, twisted chunks of metal and ripped luggage were broadcast.

    The National Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday afternoon that the plane had crashed and burst into flames in swampland north of Lagos.

    Spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye told AFP news agency that the plane hit the ground with such speed it was partly buried under ground. No-one on the plane would have lived after the initial impact, he said.

    Nigerian Red Cross officials confirmed no sign of survivors had been found at the scene.


    NIGERIA PLANE CRASHES
    May 2002: Plane operated by EAS Airlines crashes in Kano, killing 148 people - half of them on the ground
    November 1996: 142 people die when Boeing 727 owned by Nigeria's ADC airline plunges into lagoon 85 km (55 miles) from Lagos
    September 1992: 158 people are killed when military transport plane goes down near Lagos

    Air disasters timeline
    Hundreds of anxious relatives and friends of the 111 passengers and six crew have besieged the domestic terminal of Lagos airport seeking information.

    The names of those killed, most thought to be Nigerians, have not yet been released.

    In the meantime, Bellview Airlines has suspended all its flights from Lagos.

    Bellview's management said the crash was the first by one of its planes in the company's 12-year history, the BBC's Sola Odunfa in Lagos reports.

    The airline is a private Nigerian company, popular with foreigners and wealthy Nigerians, which flies routes throughout west Africa, mainly using Boeing 737s.

    Nigeria has one of the world's worst air safety records, having been the scene of several crashes and near-misses.

    An Air France plane was badly damaged after striking a herd of cows while trying to land in the oil city of Port Harcourt in July. No passengers were hurt.

    In May 2002, a plane crashed near the city of Kano, killing nearly 150 people.
    Last edited by Gripper; 10-24-2005 at 07:39 PM.

    All spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my post's are intentional.

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    muchspl3's Avatar muchspl3 > muchspl2
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    yea

    sucks,
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