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Ibori's Airline Beechcraft 1900 Missing

March 15, 2008

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A Beechcraft 1900 aircraft with three crew members on board got missing on Saturday.

It was declared missing hours after it should have landed at Obudu, Cross River State.

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The aircraft took off from Lagos at early on Saturday and was not at its destination hours after it was expected.

Dr Harold Demuren, Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria on phone that the aircraft was still missing.

He said efforts were being made to track it.

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The aircraft belonging to Wings Aviation took off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 7.30am.

The aircraft, with registration number 5N-JAH, was supposed to get to Ubudu at an estimated time of 8.45am, on the one hour and 15 minutes journey.

The whereabouts was still unknown as at about 5.55 pm on Saturday.

According to a statement issued by the Managing Director of the Airline, Captain Nogie Meggisi, only three crew members were on board the aircraft which was on a routine flight to Obudu.

It stated, ”We have alerted the relevant aviation agencies including Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.

”Other security agencies including the police and military have also been contacted and an intensive air and land search operation is going on along the flight path. However, as at this time we do not have any information on the whereabouts of the aircraft.”

The statement said the said aircraft, which has been the aircraft of choice for charter flights by several high net worth clients and companies, was in perfect condition as at the time the flight was operated.

‘We are hopeful that the aircraft and crew will be found in the shortest possible time,” the statement added.

He said on additional helicopter had been deployed to conduct a night search if need be.

Reports said the aircraft was sighted hovering around the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu before it flew off.

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