Freight Dawgs Rule
- Dec 17, 2003
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LAGOS (Reuters) - A Nigerian airliner carrying 116 people has gone missing after taking off from Lagos on Saturday, airline officials and media said, but it was not yet clear whether the plane had crashed.
CNN television reported the Federal Airports Authority had confirmed it had gone down shortly after taking off from the commercial capital.
But a public liaison official at the authority told Reuters early on Sunday it had not confirmed the Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200 had crashed and was still trying to find it.
"It took off at 8:45 and lost contact," a Bellview official told Reuters by telephone, adding that there had been no sightings of the plane since then.
Aviation authorities were trying to locate the aircraft after it lost contact with the control tower minutes after taking off for the capital Abuja.
The privately owned Nigerian airline is popular with expatriates living in the West African nation and Western diplomats feared several their citizens could have been on board.
The airports authority official told Reuters the airliner was carrying 116 people: 110 passengers and six crew. Nigerian media had earlier said there was 114 on board.