Saturday 23 September 2017

Video: 150 people die as passenger plane crashes in Nigerian city

Jon Gambrell in Lagos

A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city yesterday, killing all passengers and crew aboard, an emergency official said.

Several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble of a building damaged by the crash, as firefighters searched for survivors and pulled a dead body from the wreckage.

Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority's Harold Demuren said that all aboard the Dana Air flight had died.

The Lagos state government said that 153 people were on the flight going from Abuja to Lagos.

Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said there were likely more casualties on the ground, but the number was unknown.

He said they were also still trying to get an official manifest on the flight. Sometimes flights in Nigeria issue paper tickets and don't record all passengers via computer.

The plane did not to appear to have nose-dived into a building, but seemed to have landed on its belly. It first crashed through a furniture shop and then into residential buildings next to the workshop in the densely packed neighbourhood.

The nose of the plane was embedded into the three-storey apartment building, damaging only one part of the structure. Fire still smouldered everywhere as several thousand people looked on.

Smoke

A group of men stood atop the landing gear that was smoking and took pictures with their mobile phones.

Praise Richard, a witness, said he was watching a film when he heard a loud explosion that sounded like a bomb. He rushed outside and saw massive smoke and flames rising from the crash site, around 3:45pm local time.

Two fire engines and about 50 rescue personnel were at the site after the plane went down. Some of those gathered around the site helped firefighters bring in the water hoses from their trucks.

Lagos' international airport is a major hub for West Africa and saw 2.3 million passengers pass through it in 2009, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

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