LAGOS, Nigeria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- None of the 117 people aboard survived the crash of a Bellview Airlines flight from Lagos, Nigeria, despite earlier reports that half may have.
Abilola Oloka, a spokesman for Oyo, the state where the Boeing 737-200 came down, said all 117 people on board died when the plane crashed near the town of Kishi, shortly after takeoff Saturday, The Scotsman reported Sunday.
The jet was heading to the political capital, Abuja.
The flight was to take 50 minutes and Jide Ibinola, a spokesman for the Federal Airport Authority said air traffic controllers lost contact five minutes into the flight.
There is no word on the cause of the crash or whether the flight-data recorders have been recovered.
There were 111 passengers, including several high-ranking Nigerian government officials, and six crewmembers on board the plane owned by a domestic airline.
Officials blamed an earlier report of survivors on conflicting information from the crash scene.