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Cablegate: Abuja Sitrep #3: Crash of Bellview Flight 3210,

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

231558Z Oct 05

UNCLAS ABUJA 002032

SIPDIS

TRANSPORTATION FOR FAA, STATE FOR AF, CA, DS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC EAIR ASEC AEMR AMGT NI BELLVIEW
SUBJECT: ABUJA SITREP #3: CRASH OF BELLVIEW FLIGHT 3210,
TIME 16:30 LOCAL

REF: A. ABUJA 2031

B. ABUJA 2030
C. ABUJA 2029
D. LAGOS 1645

Classified by DCM Thomas Furey for reason 1.4 (d).

1. (C) Abuja EAC reconvened at 15:00 October 23, 2005,
chaired by the Ambassador. Our latest information, confirmed
by eyewitnesses, indicates that the crash site is near the
village of Lissa, in Ifo local government area, Ogun State
(Geocoordinates approximately 06 48 02 N, 003 18 21 E). This
is much closer to Lagos than earlier reports had indicated,
and is near President Obasanjo's private farm in Otta. The
first response team from Congen Lagos arrived at the crash
site around 15:30, and reported seeing significant wreckage,
debris scattered over a wide area, and a large crater. They
reportedly saw no sign of survivors.

2. (C) In light of the new information from the Lagos team,
EAC decided that the Abuja response team will turn around and
return to Abuja tonight, with a police escort.

3. (C) Ambassador conferred with the EAC about activating
the cascade network to pass a message about the crash to
Embassy personnel. It was decided that PAS and Consular
representatives will jointly draft a short written message,
which all section/agency heads will pass to their employees
(local and American) this evening. Text of that message will
be shared with Congen Lagos.

4. (C) Embassy does not plan to hold another EAC meeting
today, October 23, unless events warrant such a meeting. A/S
Frazer has departed Lagos and is expected to arrive Abuja
around 17:00 local time.
CAMPBELL

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