No survivors in Nigerian plane crash

2012-06-04 08:01
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Nigerian officials have confirmed no survivors have been found after a passenger jet carrying 153 people crashed in Lagos. See all the pics from the scene of the accident.

Lagos – Nigerian officials have confirmed no survivors have been found after a passenger jet carrying 153 people crashed in Lagos, as search and rescue missions continue.

"We presume they are dead," Tunji Oketunbi, spokesperson for the country's Accident Investigations Bureau, told AFP when asked about the fate of those on board the flight.

He added that definitive casualty figures will only emerge "after the search and rescue" is completed.

The plane plunged into a residential area of Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, with all those aboard presumed dead, an inferno igniting at the scene and buildings badly damaged.

A number of people on the ground were also believed killed, an emergency official said, as about 10 burnt bodies had been removed from a building damaged in the crash.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning for victims of the crash and pledged an investigation as rescuers rushed to pull out survivors from the densely populated, poor neighbourhood near the airport.

The cause of the crash of the Dana Air Boeing MD83 plane was unclear, but the emergency official as well as an aviation official said the cockpit recorder had been located and handed over to police.

A spokesperson for the airline said the flight included 147 passengers and six crew. Skies were cloudy at the time of the crash, but there had been no rain.

Thick smoke rose from the area and flames could be seen shooting from a two-storey building. The plane crashed in a plot containing what residents described as a church, a printing shop and the two-storey residential building.

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