A Nigeria airliner has crashed in Oyo state killing everyone on board according to the Nigerian Red Cross said. Earlier government officials had said that some passengers survived. Some senior government officials were among the 114 people believed to be travelling. It is reported the pilot made a distress call shortly after taking off from Lagos in stormy weather.
There was some confusion over the crash site. Initially officials in Oyo state said the plane came down there. But a Nigerian TV crew reported on the crash from Lissa, a village in neighbouring Ogun state. Nigeria has one of the worst airline safety records in the world but the operator, Bellview, had had an unchequered past and was popular with rich Nigerians and foreigners. In the capital, Abuja where the plane was headed, Muslims and Chrstians alike offered their prayers to those who had perished.
They also remembered President Olusegun Obasanjo’s wife Stella who died in Spain on Sunday. She was in the country for an operation and apparently died of complications. No further details have been released.