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Nigeria Airline Suspended After Crash


Nigeria's government has suspended the license of an airline involved in a plane crash Sunday that killed 96 people.

Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade announced the decision, saying ADC - Aviation Development Corporation - airline had failed to adopt safety practices.

He said the crash may have been avoided if the pilot had taken the advice of air traffic controllers to wait for a storm to pass.

National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers, a Nigerian pilots union, urged the minister to avoid making comments about the cause of the crash until an investigation is completed.

The Boeing 737 airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Abuja airport. Nine people survived and were being treated for injuries.

Nigerian police said they had recovered the aircraft's data and voice recorders, and handed them over to aviation officials.

The victims of Sunday's crash included the sultan of the northern state of Sokoto, Muhammadu Maccido.

It was the fourth major air crash in Nigeria in just over a year.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.