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  • tmurphy
    Senior Member
    • Jul 2005
    • 221

    Nigerian 737 Crash (Merged)

    Originally posted by BBC News Website
    Nigerian airliner 'has crashed'

    A passenger plane flying from Lagos to Abuja in Nigeria has crashed with 116 people on board, state radio says.
    The aircraft's pilot sent a distress signal just after taking off in stormy weather, Reuters news agency reports.

    Several high-ranking officials are said to have been travelling on Bellview Airlines flight 210, which left Lagos at 2045 (1945 GMT) on Saturday.

    Police helicopters are hunting for the wreckage. It is not known if any passengers survived the crash.

    Bellview Airlines is a private Nigerian company, that flies routes throughout west Africa, mainly using Boeing 737s.

    The airline is popular with foreigners and wealthy Nigerians.

    Hunt for wreckage

    Planes flying from Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, to the capital, Abuja, normally take off over the sea and then circle back inland for the 50-minute flight to Abuja.


    It was initially thought the plane may have plunged into the Atlantic but officials have now told the AFP news agency they were hunting for the wreckage inland.

    "I don't think anyone could have survived if it went down over land," Nigerian Maritime Authority official, Tidjani Bako, told the agency.

    He said the plane was likely to have crashed between the cities of Ibadan and Ilorin, 100km (62 miles) north-east of Lagos.

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

    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

    An Air France plane was badly damaged after striking a herd of cows while trying to land in the oil city of Port Harcourt last month. No passengers were hurt.
    BBC news link here
  • Newforest
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    • Apr 2005
    • 8893

    #2
    Nigerian 737 crash Sunday.

    Reports are coming in that a 737 crashed into the sea shortly after take off from Lagos. The pilot reported an emergency, about 114 passengers including dignitaries. Lets hope for the best.
    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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    • Newforest
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Apr 2005
      • 8893

      #3
      http://edition.cnn.com/video/player/...crash.cnn&wm=9

      This is the CNN live feed.
      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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      • Newforest
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Apr 2005
        • 8893

        #4
        The flight number is 210 and the aircraft belongs to Belleview Airlines who have not had any trouble in ten years.
        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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        • Newforest
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Apr 2005
          • 8893

          #5
          The plane has been located on land and there are survivors. The plane is a B.737-200A. There is a suggestion that the airport radar was turned off which would explain why it took so long to fin d the plane.
          http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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          • Newforest
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Apr 2005
            • 8893

            #6
            Now reporting that there are dozens of survivors, great news. Bellview Airlines operates five 737's and two 767's. The average age of the 737's is twenty five years
            http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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            • bostin01
              Love is in the air!
              • Apr 2005
              • 297

              #7
              BBC now reporting no survivors

              Awful news

              Kev

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              • Newforest
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Apr 2005
                • 8893

                #8
                Agree Kev. Looking at the crash site it would be difficult to imagine any survivors in this situation. Just shows how rumours start!
                http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                • bostin01
                  Love is in the air!
                  • Apr 2005
                  • 297

                  #9
                  Yeah, terrible crash scene.

                  The information coming out of the official sources was a bit 'scatty'.

                  First it was lost at sea, then land.Then it was reported loads of survivors, now clearly not.Poor souls.

                  Kev

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                  • andrewm
                    Rank 2 Registered User
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 4456

                    #10
                    BBC News 24 say that aircraft lost radio contact in a "massive electrical storm". Red Cross has confirmed Plane was totally destroyed on impact approx 24km north of Lagos.
                    Regards, Andrew

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                    • Pembo330
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 936

                      #11
                      I wonder why the plane was taking off in a "massive electrical storm".
                      Pembo 330

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                      • Newforest
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Apr 2005
                        • 8893

                        #12
                        http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/afx...fx2293304.html

                        They are now reporting that the plane exploded in the air (during the storm) and the black boxes have been recovered.
                        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                        • Newforest
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Apr 2005
                          • 8893

                          #13
                          http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayA...=theworld&col=

                          Contrary to previous report, a German firm is now going to excavate the site to locate the black boxes. It is still suspected that the plane exploded in the air.
                          http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                          • Newforest
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Apr 2005
                            • 8893

                            #14
                            http://www.vanguardngr.com/articles/...626102005.html

                            Warning, don't read this item if you are squeamish. Apart from that. there is a comprehensive description of Nigerian crashes involving, 737, Airbus, VC.10,707, F-28, C-130 and BAC1-11.
                            http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                            • Newforest
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Apr 2005
                              • 8893

                              #15
                              Black box search started.

                              http://allafrica.com/stories/200511010592.html

                              The excavation for the black boxes started yesterday at the crash site.
                              http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                              • Newforest
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Apr 2005
                                • 8893

                                #16
                                No bodies or black boxes yet.

                                Originally posted by Newforest
                                http://allafrica.com/stories/200511010592.html

                                The excavation for the black boxes started yesterday at the crash site.
                                http://www.thetidenews.com/article.a...n=FRONT%20PAGE

                                The paper reports that no bodies have been found at the crash site and the black boxes have yet to be recovered.
                                http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                                • steve rowell
                                  Expat Geordie
                                  • Apr 2003
                                  • 13281

                                  #17
                                  They certainly don't rush things in third world countries
                                  Best Regards Steve

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                                  • Newforest
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Apr 2005
                                    • 8893

                                    #18
                                    No black boxes!

                                    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L13408385.htm

                                    And so they report that they can not find the black boxes!
                                    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                                    • Newforest
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Apr 2005
                                      • 8893

                                      #19
                                      http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=33474


                                      It doesn't look as if the black boxes are going to be found. They are suggesting that they may have been blown out of the plane if there was an aerial explosion, but this would mean debris would be over a larger area than the crash site that they were excavating.
                                      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                                      • Newforest
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Apr 2005
                                        • 8893

                                        #20
                                        http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...2894440924B252

                                        In the absence of the black boxes which investigators believe may have been destroyed in the crash, they are leaning towards the lightning strike theory.
                                        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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