Bij het vliegveld van de Nigeriaanse hoofdstad Abuja is zondag 29 October een vliegtuig van de Nigeriaanse maatschappij ADC neergestort. In het toestel zaten meer dan honderd mensen, aldus bronnen bij de noodhulpdiensten in het Afrikaanse land.
Het toestel stortte neer kort nadat het was opgestegen. Volgens een BBC-verslaggever ter plaatse zijn er mogelijk overlevenden.
Onder de doden is Mohammadu Maccido, de sultan van Sokoto, de geestelijk leider van de moslims van Nigeria.
The leader of Nigeria’s Muslims was among those killed after a plane carrying about 100 passengers crashed near the capital, Abuja, officials say.
The Sultan of Sokoto Mohammadu Maccido and two senators were on board the ADC airlines flight to the city of Sokoto. The plane crashed in a storm shortly after take-off, state radio said. It then reportedly burst into flames. BBC correspondent Alex Last said witnesses at the scene believed there were four survivors from the crash. He added that the task of recovering the dead was still under way.
At least 200 people died in two air disasters last year, leading many to question the safety of Nigerian planes. After the disasters, several airlines were grounded while safety checks were carried out. ADC planes were not involved in last year’s crashes.
Last month 10 senior army commanders were killed when their military plane crashed.