Writethru: Nigerian airliner crashes, president orders investigation

After a Nigerian airliner with more than 100 people aboard crashed on Sunday near the airport in the capital Abuja, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for a full probing into the tragedy..

Obasanjo's office has issued a statement ordering an immediate investigation into the reason of the crash. A spokeswoman for the president said Obasanjo was deeply shocked and felt sad about the news of the crash, and offered condolences to all Nigerians, especially to family members of those on board.

The Boeing-737, which was flying from Lagos to the northwest city of Sokoto en route Abuja, crashed shortly after taking off from the airport during a storm, Nigeria's state radio said.

No survivors had been found so far, according to the state radio. But the television station Channels said there were six confirmed survivors.

According to the aviation sources, the plane started this morning with some 110 passengers and crew. It landed in Abuja to drop some passengers before taking off again for Sokoto.

Local radio Ray Power FM said the plane was owned by Aviation Development Company, which had a serious plane crash in Lagos 10 years ago.

In November 1996, a jet belonging to the private airline plunged into a lagoon outside Lagos, killing all 143 on board.

Source: Xinhua

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