Investigators in Nigeria say they have found flight data recorders from the wreckage of an airliner that crashed during a landing in stormy weather. Most of the 107 reported dead - including at least 71 boys and girls - were teen-agers returning home for a Christmas break in their classes at a Roman Catholic secondary school in Abuja, the capital. The Nigerian plane went down Saturday in the southeastern city of Port Harcourt. Authorities hope the flight recorders will yield data that can help explain the crash.
According to reporter Paul Okolo, the accident comes less than two months after another private airline came down near Lagos on October 22, killing 117 passengers and crew. He says the crashes have raised concern over safety of air travels in Africa’s most populous country. Many people say unless action is taken soon, passengers might lose confidence in the industry. President Olusegun Obasanjo has vowed to improve safety procedures for all Nigerian aircraft.