Plane Reported Missing After Takeoff From Nigerian City

A passenger plane carrying 114 people was reported missing shortly after taking off from the Nigerian city of Lagos (search), a private television station reported on Sunday.

The aircraft, operated by Nigeria's Bellview Airlines (search), lost contact with the control tower three minutes after taking off at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, Channels TV reported.

Channels said those aboard included 108 passenger and six crew. Their nationalities were not immediately known.

Pilots issued a distress call before the plane disappeared from radar about 15 miles west of Lagos over theAtlantic Ocean (search), state television reported. It said the craft was headed to the capital, Abuja (search), and had not been located.

Bellview is a privately owned Nigerian airline that mostly operates a fleet of mostly Boeing 737s on internal routes and throughout West Africa.