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100 feared killed in Nigeria air crash

A Nigerian airliner carrying more than 100 people crashes soon after taking off from Abuja during a storm.
None | By Agence France Presse, Abuja, Nigeria
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2006 08:09 PM IST

A Nigerian airliner carrying more than 100 people crashed on Sunday near the airport in this West African nation's capital and a television station reported at least six people survived.

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Abuja during a storm, state radio reported.

The airline was carrying 104 passengers and crew members, the radio station said, citing Rowland Iyayi, head of the National Air Space Management Agency.

The state radio station said no survivors had been found but privately owned Television Channels said at least six people survived the crash.

The plane was headed to the northwest city of Sokoto, Channels and state radio said.

Channels had earlier reported the plane was headed to Lagos.

A local radio station, Ray Power FM, reported that the plane was owned by Aviation Development Co, a private Nigerian airline.

Angus Ozoaka, head of the accidents investigation bureau in the Aviation Ministry, said the crash had been reported to his office but he had no details.

"I'm trying to get to the scene now. I can't say anything more until I've been to the scene," Ozoaka said on the telephone.

ADC last suffered a crash in November 1996, when one of its jets plunged into a lagoon outside Nigeria's main city, Lagos, killing all 143 aboard.

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