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Missing Cargo Jet Prompts Africa Search

In a brazen act, two men climbed aboard an idle Boeing 727 cargo jet in Angola last month and flew off into the African sky without a trace. The disappearance touched off searches across the continent and, in the post-Sept. 11 era, prompted worries about why the plane was taken. U.S. investigators and civil aviation officials in Africa said the plane most likely was taken for a criminal endeavor such as drug or weapons smuggling, but they have not ruled out the possibility it was stolen for use in a terrorist attack. “There is no particular information suggesting that the disappearance of the aircraft is linked to terrorists or terrorism, but it’s still something that obviously we would like to get to the bottom of,” said a State Department spokesman, Philip T. Reeker. Full Story

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