Thursday 21 September 2017

Both engines failed on doomed Nigerian jet

Rescue workers search for bodies of victims of a plane crash at Iju-Ishaga neighbourhood, Lagos. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers search for bodies of victims of a plane crash at Iju-Ishaga neighbourhood, Lagos. Photo: Reuters

Mike Pflanz in Lagos

BOTH engines had failed on the Nigerian Dana Air flight that crashed into a block of flats on approach to Lagos airport, officials revealed yesterday.

Harold Demuren, the head of the Nigerian civil aviation authority, said the pilot of the Boeing MD-83 had radioed to "declare mayday" because "the two engines had failed".

More than 150 people died on Sunday when the jet crashed into a block of flats in a densely populated area close to the start of the runway at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria's largest city.

The flight was carrying 146 passengers and seven crew for the one-hour shuttle service from Abuja, the capital.

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's president, promised that Sunday's crash would "not be repeated".

The country has a history of air crashes that investigators say are caused by ageing fleets and poor maintenance.

"We have been working very hard to improve aviation in Nigeria," Mr Jonathan said after visiting the crash site. "I will make sure that this will not repeat itself."

More than 90 bodies had been recovered by yesterday afternoon, officials said. Rescue workers found what they thought was the plane's black box flight recorder and gave it to police.

The number of people who died on the ground is still not known.

Crowds of people pushing for a glimpse of the crash site were forced back yesterday by police firing tear gas canisters. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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