Crash: Nigeria confirms deaths on ground

2012-06-05 10:41

Lagos - Nigerian rescuers have confirmed the first deaths on the ground caused by a devastating plane crash in the country's largest city, raising the toll to 157, an official said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose after rescuers confirmed the deaths of at least four people from a residential building in the Lagos neighbourhood where the Dan Air MD83 crashed on Sunday afternoon, in addition to the 153 crew and passengers, the official said.

"A couple died while their children survived, then a woman and her daughter," the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to provide figures.

The number of deaths could rise further as searches continue at the site near the airport, particularly amid the ruins of the two-storey residential building.

Rains prevented work from resuming early on Tuesday, with fears that the remains of the building could collapse.

The victims include a number of foreigners, including six Chinese, an Indian and an unclear number of Americans. The pilot was an American and the co-pilot was Indian, the country's civil aviation chief has said.

The plane, travelling from the capital Abuja to Lagos, had reported both of its engines having failed before it went down, according to the civil aviation chief.

Rescue officials have said the body of a woman was discovered on Monday clutching her baby.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-06-05 10:52

    Why are we so fascinated with a plane crash in Nigeria?

      Henk - 2012-06-05 11:23

      We are always fascinated when any big plane crashes. After all it is the safest mode of transport hence all the interest when one does crash.

  • jookco - 2012-06-05 11:06

    Zuma expected in Zimbabwe as GPA rift widens,

  • Mel de Wit - 2012-06-05 11:14

    @Eva, because if nothing else, go home tonight and hug your family close. Your life can be changed in an instant by a freak accident. All those on board left behind parents, children, spouses and family that will have to learn to live without them. Just because its Nigeria doesnt make it less sad or tragic. Would you have felt the same if it happened here?

  • Michaele - 2012-06-05 11:34

    It is rather scary as I travel through Africa almost weekly, and as it is I am a nervous flyer, and this does not help. RIP all those who had to experience the last moments of their lives in such a tragic manner.

  • Emmanuel - 2012-06-05 12:04

    Is it necessary to be told that the Pilot was American and Co-Pilot an Indian?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-05 12:17

    So very tragic. Especially the last paragraph of the woman clutching her baby. My heart goes out to all that has been effected by this in anyway.

  • Bathandwa - 2012-06-06 14:34

    thats sad

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