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Cablegate: Sitrep #6: Crash of Bellview Flight B3210; October

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

241626Z Oct 05

UNCLAS LAGOS 001656

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - HANDLE ACCORDINGLY

TRANSPORTATION FOR FAA
DAKAR PLS PASS TO FAA REP ED JONES
ROME PLS PASS TO TSA REP JOHN HALINSKI
FOR DS/IP/AF

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC EAIR NI ASEC PREL
SUBJECT: SITREP #6: CRASH OF BELLVIEW FLIGHT B3210; OCTOBER
24, 5:23 PM (LOCAL)

REF: LAGOS 1648 AND PREVIOUS

1. (SBU) The Consular Response Team (CRT) remained present at
crash site throughout the morning and most of the afternoon,
gathering information necessary to cross-check passenger
identities with AMCIT registration records. No/no additional
amcits were discovered. The CRT will deploy to the crash
site again tomorrow.

2. (SBU) Nigeria's Aviation Minister convened a press
conference at 1400 (local) today where he noted the GON had
formally requested USG assistance. Subsequently, the Aviation
Minister stated that he and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
Director General Onyeyiri intended to visit Transportation
Secretary Mineta in Washington on October 28. The Aviation

SIPDIS
Minister plans to forward a more detailed request for
assistance in the coming days.

3. (SBU) The media reported the following prominent
Nigerians were on board: Peoples Democratic Party Board of
Trustees member and former Chairman of the Nigerian Railways
Corporation, Waziri Mohammed; Post-Master General of the
Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Argungu; Ascon Oil Limited
Managing Director George Enenmoh; former MD Peoples Bank of
Nigeria and current Ogun State Employment Coordinator, Maria
Sokenu; ACB International Bank CEO John Udeka; and ECOWAS
second-in-command General Cheick Diarra (Malian nationality).
BROWNE

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