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Nigeria Quashes Air Crash Rumour

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 09:52:12 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 08:00:47 -0500
Subject: Nigeria Quashes Air Crash Rumour

Source: BBCi



Nigeria quashes air crash rumour

The Nigerian authorities have called off the search for a plane
alleged to have crashed near the commercial capital, Lagos, last

Aviation minister Malam Isa Yuguda said no evidence of a crash
had been found.

Mr Yuguda said investigations showed that neither Nigeria nor
any other country had declared a plane missing.

On Friday, several people said they had seen a commercial
aircraft capable of carrying 25 people ditch in the sea off
Lekki beach, to the east of Lagos.

The purported crash scene was less than one kilometre (half a
mile) from the beach - which is located on a busy flight path.

We didn't find any sign - no floating oil, no debris The world's
main news organisations - including the BBC - immediately
carried the reports.

Reuters news agency quoted a construction worker as saying: "We
were working when we saw a plane turning and twisting in the
air. Then suddenly it plunged into the ocean and we heard a loud

Another "witness" told the Associated Press that white, yellow
and blue twin-engine plane had come down.

"I rushed down here and saw smoke. Only the nose was still above
the water," he said.


Nigerian aviation officials contacted various airlines - both
domestic and foreign - but none reported a missing plane. They
nevertheless sent crews to search for any wreckage

On Wednesday they confirmed that they had drawn a blank.

"We didn't find any sign - no floating oil, no debris," said the
head of the search operation Elyasu Bako said.

The minister advised that in future, announcements that could
cause panic to the industry should be confirmed through relevant
bodies, including his office, before being made public.

The head of the Nigeria Aviation Safety Initiative told Reuters
news agency that the crashed object had been classified as an
Unidentified Flying Object.


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1992, Frank Rice

Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA)

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