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10/23/05 World News: Nigerian Plane Carrying 116 People Crashes After Takeoff


Nigerian authorities say a passenger jet with at least 116 people on board crashed after taking off from Lagos Saturday night. Officials say they located the wreckage of the downed Boeing 737 jet (today/Sunday) in Oyo state, at a site about 200 kilometers north of Lagos. There was no word on survivors.


The Bellview Airlines plane, bound for Abuja, lost contact with the Lagos airport control tower shortly after taking off. Media reports say the pilot issued a distress call just before the plane disappeared from radar.

Police in Lebanon have arrested a man under investigation by a U.N. commission probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Officials in Beirut say Mahmoud Abdel-Al, a member of the pro-Syrian Al-Ahbash Sunni Muslim Orthodox group, was detained early Saturday based on an arrest warrant issued by Lebanese prosecutors.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the entire southern part of (the U.S. southeastern state of) Florida as Hurricane Wilma moves away from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Wilma remains a Category Two storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour --and adds it could possibly grow stronger and become a major hurricane again within the next 24 hours.

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