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153 Dead in Nigerian Plane Crash

Rescue workers carry bodies at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 4, 2012.
Rescue workers carry bodies at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 4, 2012.
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Nigerian officials say all 153 people on board a Nigerian passenger aircraft flight were killed when the plane crashed into a building in Lagos.

 

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of official mourning for the victims and ordered a thorough investigation into the disaster.

 

Officials from Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority say the Dana Airlines flight was traveling Sunday from Abuja to Lagos when it crashed into a two-story building in a densely populated residential area, setting other buildings on fire.

Everyone on board the plane was killed. It is unclear if anyone on the ground was killed.

 

Dana Airlines is a domestic air carrier that operates a fleet of Boeing MD-83 aircraft for the hour-long flight from Abuja to Lagos.



Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters. 

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by: Anonymous
June 04, 2012 2:48 PM
A great tragedy in Beautiful Nigeria and a prayer for all the victims and their families....Time for "Mr Goodluck" and the people in power in Nigeria to fix the problems of apathy, corruption and mismanagement! You need planes that fly and roads and bridges that work!!

by: UZOMA from: NIGERIA
June 04, 2012 5:00 AM
the victims where heard crying and shouting -HELP:HELP'',but the most Unfortunate thing was that,for how long they cried,no nelp ,Help came latter,hours after all is dead,yet,we av National Emergency Management Agent[NEMA],FIRE SERVICE,WITH EMPTY TANKS,The month just ended,and they just received their salaris, A NATION IN DEEN---N-I-G-E-R-I-A

by: saumya from: India
June 04, 2012 2:14 AM

Residents did hear the LOUD NOISE. Here are the further details and the direct footage from Lagos!
http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3385001
Number of casualties is between 140-150 and cant be sure of it as of now all flights in Nigeria issue paper tickets and "don't record all passengers via computer

by: Josh from: Port Orchard, WA
June 03, 2012 6:17 PM
Just a technicality: the MD-83 was made by McDonnell Douglas (hence the "MD"), not Boeing, before the merger.

by: Anonymous
June 03, 2012 6:15 PM
One-hundred 53 ???

by: Orphic
June 03, 2012 6:02 PM
Not often a plane runs into a 2 story building...

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