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Rescuers Doubt Nigerian 'Crash' Plane Existed

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 07:16:56 -0800
Fwd Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:21:08 -0500
Subject: Rescuers Doubt Nigerian 'Crash' Plane Existed 

Source: Airwise News


Rescuers Doubt Nigerian "Crash" Plane Existed

February 2, 2004

Rescue workers in Nigeria have found no trace of a light
aircraft that witnesses reported seeing crash into the ocean on
Friday and now doubt whether there was a plane at all, officials

Search operations were halted after local rescue workers and the
South Africa-based Critical Rescue International searched in
vain under the waves on Saturday for bodies and wreckage.

"We are tired of looking at water. We are now convinced that
there was no plane crash," Emmanuel Ijewere, president of the
Nigerian Red Cross said.

Witnesses said on Friday that they saw a small plane wobble in
the air for several minutes, before crashing into the ocean
where it submerged completely.

But Nigeria's Aviation Ministry said that after conducting a
series of checks with relevant bodies, it still had no lead on
the reported crash. Air traffic controllers in Lagos had no
knowledge of the plane's presence at the time of the crash.

The country's aviation watchdog, the Nigeria Aviation Safety
Initiative (NASI), said on Sunday the crashed object had been
classified as an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).

Captain Jerry Agbeyegbe, executive director of NASI, urged the
government to intensify the search with more sophisticated
equipment to determine the veracity of the witnesses' claims.

"Certainly an object was sighted crashing into the ocean, we
have termed it for now as a UFO," Agbeyegbe said. "We have
advised government to intensify (the) search until we are
absolutely sure that it was not a plane."

Industry experts have blamed the mystery on the deplorable state
of aviation in the world's seventh largest oil exporter.

Nigeria's worst air crash in the past 20 years occurred in
November 1996, when a Boeing 727 flying from Port Harcourt to
Lagos crashed, killing all 142 passengers and nine crew.

In May 2002, a BAC 1-11-500 operated by EAS Airlines crashed in
the northern city of Kano, killing more than 100 people on board
an on the ground.

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