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Monday, October 30, 2006

Nigerian jet crashes with more than 100 aboard

A Nigerian airliner carrying more than 100 people crashed Sunday near the airport in this West African nation's capital, Nigerian media reported.

The plane owned by Aviation Development Company, a private Nigerian airline, crashed near Abuja's airport, local Ray Power FM said. Citing Rowland Iyayi, head of the National Air Space Management Agency, state radio said the plane had 104 passengers and crew aboard at the time and no survivors have been found so far.

State radio said the aircraft crashed in a storm shortly after takeoff. Privately owned Channels Television said it was bound for Lagos, the country's main city.

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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