Lagos plane crash: 62 bodies recovered

2012-06-04 10:26

Lagos - Rescue workers have so far pulled about 62 bodies from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos, an official said as searches pressed on Monday at the site of the devastation.

Two cranes arrived early on Monday to clear debris and allow rescue workers better access to the densely populated area near the airport where the Dana Air plane crashed on Sunday, with the 153 people on board presumed dead.

"Sixty-two bodies recovered so far," the rescue official said on condition of anonymity.

A few thousand onlookers gathered at the site, where a church, a two-storey residential building and a printing shop were badly damaged. The number of those killed on the ground remained unclear.

Smoke was still rising from the scene and water trucks were also brought in to douse the smouldering wreckage.

"We were lucky. We just finished our church service when this thing happened," one resident at the scene on Monday morning said.

One woman, who said that her uncle had been aboard the plane, asked rescue workers if she could have access to the site, but they refused, saying the bodies were unrecognisable.

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for victims of the crash.

  • tokelo.joseph - 2012-06-04 11:30

    Aftr wtchng this terrible incident hppnd in Lagos, i wish thy could hear my condolesens.

      victor.ejike.5 - 2012-06-04 12:20

      Thanks for ur kinds words i'm actually in lagos and seeing this tradegy is just sorrowful

      Alex Maiangwa - 2012-06-04 12:53

      what a wasteful loss of human lives. I lost a dear uncle who was like a father aboard the ill-fated flight. The operators of Dana air must be held accountable because from all indications the plane had been in a poor state and almost had an incident on may 23. Yet they kept it in the air to make a few lousy bucks! down with Dana air!!!

  • nkosib1 - 2012-06-04 13:31

    @Alex, What a terreble tragedy, isn't there inspectors to inspect the plane?

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