Sultan of Sokoto, 100 others die in Abuja Plane Crash

The Sultan of Sokoto Mohammadu MaccidoNigerian sultan among crash dead


The Sultan of Sokoto Mohammadu Maccido and his son, a senator, and other northern leaders 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. Four people have reportedly survived.

This is Nigeria's third major air disaster in a little over a year.

The BBC's Alex Last in Nigeria says twisted, smouldering remnants of the plane litter the crash site on the edge of Abuja airport.

Eyewitnesses said they heard shouts for help from many survivors but they were unable to help because the plane was engulfed in flames.

'Devastated'

Sokoto State government spokesman Mustapha Sheu said that the northern state's deputy governor, education commissioner and another senator were killed, along with the sultan and his son.


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Sokoto State Governor Attahiru Bafarawa announced five days of mourning for the sultan and the other victims of the crash.

People have converged in front of the sultan's palace, some in tears.

The sultan is due to be buried shortly.

Nigeria's Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) secretary-general Lateef Adegbite described the sultan's death as a tragedy, reports the AFP news agency.

"We are devastated by the tragic plane crash. It has left the Muslim faithfuls without leadership," he said.

"President Olusegun Obasanjo is deeply and profoundly shocked and saddened by the news of the reported air crash," presidential spokeswoman Oluremi Oyo said in a statement.

The president has ordered an investigation, she said.

AP news agency says that the plane was a Boeing 727.

Poor safety

After visiting the crash site, Federal Territory Minister Mallam Nasir el-Rufai told the BBC that the condition of the plane was "deplorable", with "bald tyres".

The government had already announced a major plan to overhaul the aviation industry and improve safety following last year's disasters, which killed more than 200 people.

Several airlines were grounded while safety checks were carried out.

ADC planes were not involved in last year's crashes.

The president himself blamed corruption and corner-cutting for poor safety standards.

Last month 10 senior army commanders were killed when their military plane crashed.

Our correspondent says that air travel in Nigeria has boomed in recent years, but this crash will raise further questions as to how these safety reforms are being implement.

 


ABUJA, Nigeria (CNN) -- A Boeing 737 operated by Nigerian airline ADC crashed Sunday near the Abuja airport shortly after takeoff, airport and government officials told CNN.

The plane was still on fire at the edge of the runway, hours after it crashed around noon local time (6 a.m. ET).

It is believed to have been carrying at least 100 people and there may be some survivors, a senior source with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's office told CNN's Jeff Koinange.

The aircraft was heading to the northern Nigerian state of Sokoto and may have been carrying the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammadu Maccido, the highest ranking official of the Muslim state, the senior source said.

According to ADC's Web site, Flight 53 was scheduled to take off from Abuja at 10:35 a.m. local time and land in Sokoto one hour later.

Nigeria has a poor air safety record, with at least 11 crashes since 1995, killing more than 470 people.

On October 23, 2005, a Bellview Airlines plane went down in bad weather near Lagos, killing all 117 people on board.

An aircraft operated by Sosoliso Airlines crashed in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on December 10, killing all 108 on board including many schoolchildren.


ABUJA (Reuters) - A Nigerian passenger aircraft with more than 100 people on board crashed on Sunday shortly after takeoff from the capital Abuja, media and emergency sources said.

The plane, operated by the Nigerian airline ADC, burst into flames and casualties were expected, a security source said. It was en route from the capital to the northern city of Sokoto.

The local radio station Ray Power FM called on doctors to rush to the scene.

"It crash-landed after takeoff. It was an ADC aircraft from Abuja to Sokoto with over 100 people on board," a source in the National Emergency Management Agency said, asking not to be named.

ADC is a popular domestic passenger airline.

It was the third major air crash in Nigeria in just over one year.


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A passenger jet has crashed near the Nigerian capital, Abuja, police say.

Doctors were urged to go to the airport after the plane, on an ADC airlines flight to Sokoto, went down. More than 100 people were on board.

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.



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Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Papino posted on 10-29-2006, 17:49:28 PM
Afeni,
I don't know your reason for staying on a very ugly line of cursing and jubiliating the death of an elderly countryman.You posit disrespect and other factors in your dismissal of OBJ as non-yoruba but you are obviously jubiliating over the death of an elder something, that is clearly non-yoruba!!
Please calm down and let us stay focussed as we all mourn this horrible repeat performance of obvious mediocrity and negligence rampant in the Nigerian Aviation industry.
May the souls of the departed,rest in perfect peace.Amen
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Emj posted on 10-29-2006, 17:55:29 PM
hmmmmmmmmmm..........May the soul of the suddenly departed rest in peace, may those of us that are still alive observe and learn.......life and being alive is very unpredictable.........death is certain..........it is what we make of our time here on earth that matters.........i can see that hatred has blinded some of us hence we cannot discern the 'Signs of Times'........for those who can........dis too shall pass.
What are We?
Auspicious posted on 10-29-2006, 18:15:05 PM
May the loved ones left behind by the dead find the furtitude to bear today's terrible loss.

The heart aches and the blood boils..when one is confronted with the realities in the Motherland. It is just..terrible! The plane, according to Nasir El-Rufai who was at the scene of the disaster (as reported by one media source posted earlier on this thread), talked of seeing the "bald tires" on that plane. As someone said earlier, flying is already a dangerous thing to do, but Nigeria has literarily made flying on their planes tantamount to dancing with the devil.

Forget the plane crash for a second, and look around you folks. Look at the death traps called roads, with huge holes in the middle of those national highways! No signs of "danger ahead" - nothing. You are on your own if, heavens forbid, you do not know that route well enough and plunge to your death in the process. Look at the moving coffins called cabs and buses in places liKe Lagos; dangerous pachments of steel and smoking engines, weaving dangerously around traffic and releasing slow-poison gases in the air. Look at the hospitals; many of which are criminal labs where you visit and leave with more than you came in with. Look at the law enforcement people; evil men who went around Lagos in mufti last week, picking up innocent people on the pretext of being commercial transporters - only to drive these unsuspecting commuters into their local police stations and charge them with crimes they didn't commit. Look on your streets and highways, you find HUMAN BODIES sitting there FOR DAYS without anyone bothering to do anything about it(!).

How heartless can one be, to put the lives of hundreds of people at risk, by flying them daily on a plane with bald tires? How more disconnected can those people in charge of our affairs be, when they do not care to ENFORCE the kind of rules that will guarantee the safety of their fellow country men? How more irresponsible can you and I, the unlookers, be, if we continue to sit down comfy because these things don't affect us - YET. Some go: "Oh, I don't live in Naija jare and if I do, I won't fly". "Oh, those roads are terible I know, that's why I have a Hummer and my wife has a 'Pafinda V-dozen'."

How scary! It seems our society is gone to the dogs! Look around you, Nigerians. Everywhere you look is a reminder of one evil inefficiency or the other. Develish neglect, not only by the government but by the people - you and I. We 'manage' everything. An article was published on the BBC a few days ago; it told of Lagosians and their 'I-don't-care'/'Happy-go-lucky' way of life. It told of their boisterously happy nature in the midst of the deadly cacophony and near-lawlessness of Lagos. It told the story of the near-accident of that aircraft; the same one the author of that article was in and how what would have scared the sh*t out of a regular person simply elllicited a burst of laughter from the persengers on that 'lucky' aircraft.

We claim we are happy and strong and rugged; we laugh at our situation, we mock the wrongs in our society. We deride ourselves and our so-called leaders..laughing. "Suffering and Smiling". Perhaps without knowing it, we are being irresponsible as a people. Because rather than be worried about our future and addressing these dangerous issues that beset us everyday, we complain a bit then laugh about these issues - and move on to 'managing' them until something ghastly happens again. Like today's. Is that the way to live?

Fine, it MIGHT be excusable that sometimes, when a people are so traumatized by certain situations in which they find themselves, they resort to raw humor to ease the pain of the reality of that moment. But shouldn't a time come when we say "Oti o, enough is enough\"? Shouldn't a time come when we should say to ourselves that the 'joke' has gone too far? Shouldn't we have a limit to the level of hardships we will 'get used' to? Shouldn't we come to a point where we begin to care how others see us? Are those who suffer everyday, who loose loved ones to the conscienceless neglect that each and every one of us is guilty of allowing, are those people animals of burden? Are we like Goats who never learn our lessons?

Hopefully, this society (forget nation, ethnic nationalities or individuals) of ours has not PERMANENTLY gone to the Dogs.

Again, may those who lost loved ones today find true healing sooner rather than later.

Auspicious.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Abraxas posted on 10-29-2006, 18:15:30 PM
Hi, Prince!


QUOTE:
This not happening again............

I bet Nigeria has the poorest Avaition record in Africa despite being one of the richest. Mediocrity pervades all aspects of our national life. Are we making up for dearth of natural disasters in Nigeria by constant man-made disasters? How many times are we going to blame the almighty corruption. We really need to ask ourselves WHY? This is really an example of how lives of innocent citizens are sacrified by those with whom we entrust them.


Obasanjo as usual has ordered an immediate investigation into the cause of the crash. Sounds like a cliche.......In a country where things work, a presidential order is not necessary for an immediate investigation into such matters, airline crashes are automatically investigated and steps taken to mitigate future occurences. Mr President what did we learn from the plane crashes of last year and what are the measures taken so far?


Have you remembered to forget that General Okikiolakan Aremu OBASANJO is not only the President, and Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria, he is, VERY IMPORTANTLY, also the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, not just of the Nigerian Armed Forces, who, incidentally are below the international benchmark for providing meaningful security for Nigerians, or/and protecting the territorial intergrity of Nigeria, but also the Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a whole: soldiers, civilians, mineral resources, financial resources, insects, birds, swamps, goats. trees, etc!

He has the licence to micro-manage Nigeria in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief. Please, be duly informed.

Muchas gracias, mi amigo.

Don Juan Carlos ABRAXAS (III)
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Fulani posted on 10-29-2006, 18:17:55 PM
Afeni wrote

This is very interesting. I am happy to hear that the Sultan of Sokoto is dead. I'm also happy to hear that many highly placed politicians are dead.

I hope this events leads to religious riots so that Yorubas can finally have their own independent State.

I won't be suprised if this crash is used by Northern Generals to launch a coup.



Wow!!
Very difficult to hid those feelings, I see. What you wrote represents the very worst in a person. Pray that you come to terms with your inner demon.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Afeni posted on 10-29-2006, 18:57:08 PM
Fulani, if only there was a way to get you (Yes, I mean you since you are hell-bent on being an appologist), IBB, Abacha (his corpse), Abdulsalmy and all the Talakawa's on one of those planes, I would be the happiest man on earth. For the sake of imagination, lets just assume the plane is flying from Abuja to Sokoto.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Afeni posted on 10-29-2006, 19:07:09 PM
Assuming a plane is flying from Abuja to Sokoto. . . on board is the the Emir of Sokoto, how long would it take for the flight to be completed?

Afeni: Teacher, teacher, ask me!

Teacher: Okay Afeni, you can answer.

Afeni: The plane will never make it to Sokoto because all the Ghana-must-go that the Emir of Sokoto is carrying will prove to be too heavy for the plane to fly with. Therefore, it will crash shortly after take-off!
'Joke' of the Day
Auspicious posted on 10-29-2006, 19:15:23 PM
QUOTE:
Assuming a plane is flying from Abuja to Sokoto. . . on board is the the Emir of Sokoto, how long would it take for the flight to be completed?

Afeni: Teacher, teacher, ask me!

Teacher: Okay Afeni, you can answer.

Afeni: The plane will never make it to Sokoto because all the Ghana-must-go that the Emir of Sokoto is carrying will prove to be too heavy for the plane to fly with. Therefore, it will crash shortly after take-off!

Huh? Are 'we' supposed to laugh at that? Oh, really?...Bwuhahahahah!

Auspicious.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Afeni posted on 10-29-2006, 19:16:51 PM
Auspicious, I am happy you find my jokes funny. As for whether or not you were supposed to laugh, laughter or tears would have done fine. Or maybe a combination of both.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Abraxas posted on 10-29-2006, 19:29:38 PM
Hi, Mr. Afeni!

QUOTE:
Fulani, if only there was a way to get you (Yes, I mean you since you are hell-bent on being an appologist), IBB, Abacha (his corpse), Abdulsalmy and all the Talakawa's on one of those planes, I would be the happiest man on earth. For the sake of imagination, lets just assume the plane is flying from Abuja to Sokoto.



Are you insinuating that the ADC plane was deliberately sabotaged by some vested interests in the dynamics of power in Nigeria, post-OBJ? Are you implying that planes can be deliberately designed to be doomed to crash in Nigeria, if simply one, or more of the potential victims happen to be in such a plane, even if it is packed full with other persons, directly or indirectly?

Please enlighten me urgently. Kindly shed some more useful light on this very serious issue which, to my mind, could jeopardise foreign investment in Nigeria. I have investments in Nigeria: in Lagos, Escravos, Yenegoa, and Port Harcourt.

I await your timely response, please.

Muchas gracias, mi amigo.

Don Juan Carlos ABRAXAS (III)
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