Flight International online news 11:00GMT: Nigerian authorities are reporting no survivors from the 22 October crash of a Boeing 737-200 on a domestic flight.

The aircraft, operated by Bellview Airlines, crashed minutes after takeoff from Lagos at around 20:45 on 22 October, according to local reports. It was operating as flight 210 to the Nigerian capital Abuja.

Local reports quote a government statement as saying all 117 people on board were killed in the crash, which occurred around 30km north of Lagos. The airline is reported as having confirmed that there were 111 passengers and six crewmembers on board.

Some reports say the cockpit crew issued a distress call just before contact was lost with the aircraft, which was around 3min after takeoff. Some also say there was lightning in the area at the time. The wreckage of the aircraft was found the following morning.

Privately owned Bellview Airlines launched operations in the early 1990s and is one of many domestic airlines in Nigeria. According to AvSoft’s ACAS database its operational fleet comprised five 737-200s prior to the crash.


Source: Flight International