Passenger plane down in Lagos - 153 feared dead

2012-06-03 18:28

Lagos - A plane carrying 153 passengers crashed on Sunday in a densely populated district of Nigeria's economic capital Lagos, the head of Civil Aviation Authority told AFP, adding he feared none had survived.

"It was a Dana [airline] flight out of [the capital] Abuja to Lagos with about 153 people on board," Harold Demuren said. "I don't believe there are any survivors".

Lagos State police spokesperson Joseph Jaiyeoba told AFP the plane went down in the Iju neighbourhood on the mainland of the city where most of the city's population is concentrated.

A spokesperson for Dana confirmed one of its planes had crashed but could not immediately provide further details.

"I can confirm that one of our planes crashed today on the outskirts of Lagos," Tony Usidamen told AFP.

"We lost communication with the aircraft. We are going to issue an official statement."

Lagos, the largest city in Africa's most populous nation, is home to an estimated 15 million people.

  • pws69 - 2012-06-03 18:41

    This is sad. Condolences to all who lost friends and family.

  • grant.schaefer - 2012-06-03 18:58

    Terrible tragedy for everyone, aviation authorities worldwide and in Africa especially need to catch a wake up! shame on you!

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-06-03 19:02

    Condolences to the families...

  • afolabi.ayokunle - 2012-06-03 19:02

    A lot has happened in 48hrs, 27 cars burnt, a plane crash in Ghana/Lagos respectively, a bomb blast in Bauchi. Who has Nigeria offended?

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-06-03 19:03

    my condolences to the friends and families

  • Milano - 2012-06-03 19:06

    Very sad indeed Rip to all who passed away

  • Andile - 2012-06-03 19:12

    What is going on in Nigeria?! Suicide bombers, massacer in churches and now this...! Lord have mercy...

  • JOSAIS - 2012-06-03 19:19

    That's doesn't sound good..

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-03 19:30

    Sad tradgedy.

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-06-03 20:02

    So sad that this type of tradegie should happen, clearly this is human error, Condolences to loved ones and family.

  • Motho - 2012-06-03 20:20

    May their souls rest in peace...

  • Stanley Ogborma - 2012-06-03 20:41

    This country needs a better touch (prayers) lets throw away all this old things that are capable of claiming more soul. We should spend money on quality things. Nigeria should not be seen as a country for dumping refuse. (Get better plane) God help us all. may God receive their soul.

  • aleck.wellay - 2012-06-03 22:05

    may their soul rest in peace.

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