No survivors in Nigerian plane crash

2012-06-04 08:01

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.

  • Mashudu - 2012-06-04 08:27


  • Ryno - 2012-06-04 08:28

    sad, very sad

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-04 08:29

    If this had happened anywhere else in the world, the question would be asked why bystanders are allowed to walk amongst the wreckage and be standing on parts of the downed plane.

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-04 15:17

      Say no more............!!!

  • Sbu Lassy Masilela - 2012-06-04 08:30

    May their beloved & departed souls rest in peace...........very touchy n scary

  • Eye's Cue - 2012-06-04 08:30

    Lovely, have just heard on the radio that the plane was declared 'unfit to fly' last week BUT in true African fashion, that declaration was set aside as probably the owners thought they could fit in a few more flights before they would have to actually do something about it!!! Oh dear, how sad is Africa, how scary, how ..................?

      Zithelo - 2012-06-04 08:39

      It's amazing that most of these accidents could actually be prevented.

      gideon.joubert.10 - 2012-06-04 08:40

      Profits before safety = recipe for a disaster.

      Nwabisa - 2012-06-04 08:56

      how sad that something like this is so easily turned into a derogatory "how sad is Africa". What does that have to do with anything? Aren't you an African?

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-04 09:04

      Dear Eye's Cue, do you know that the French concorde whcih crashed a few years ago was not fit to fly??? I do really wish that when something happens in Africa people will stop saying "this is Africa"!!! Accidents happens everywhere and how many plane accident happens in Africa per year???

      haigs - 2012-06-04 09:25

      Zimbobwe, you havn't the foggiest idea what happened to the Air France Concorde. When that aircraft departed there were NO problems with it, yes, things went wrong for them. Africa has the worst aviation safety record in the world because of the blinkers being worn, just like yours!

      Rob - 2012-06-04 09:33

      Zimbobwe: The last time I visited Nigeria on business I was advised to travel by roaf between Lagos and Ajuba despite the state of the roads and the risk of hijack. The neglect of their domestic airoplanes is well known. But that is not the real issue for negativity regarding things African. Such negativity comes from an obvious aversion to spending time and money on planning and preventative maintenence. Go check OR Tambo and see how many lights are not working! - 2012-06-04 09:35

      Dear Nwabisa and Zimbobwe, unfortunately for the people who lost their lives in that crash (passengers and residents on the ground)the crash could probably have been prevented if international regulations were followed. IF the plane was in fact not airworthy, then someone's negligence caused the accident.I am a South African living in Tanzania and I can confirm that most laws and regulations are ignored, not only here but in Zimbabwe, Zambia and other African countries. Zimbobwe, if you live in Zim, you will recall that 2 years ago there was a pilots and flight engineers strike in Zim and Air Zimbabwe was stopped from flying by IATA for not maintaining their planes. The employees had to tell Air Zimbabwe they would not break CAA regulations. For some years, Lusaka Airport did not have a working radar system because of tender irregularities and bribes not being paid. Africa is beautiful, but falling behind world standards rapidly, I'm afraid. It hurts so much to see what's happening...........

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-04 09:38

      Mr Haigs, I am going to give you a few conclusions that were founf during the crash investigation: 1.The aircraft was overloaded by about a ton above the maximum safe take off weight. Any effect on takeoff performance from this excess weight was negligible. 2.After reaching take-off speed, the tyre of the number 2 wheel was cut by a metal strip lying on the runway, which came from the thrust reverser cowl door of the number 3 engine of a Continental Airlines DC-10 that had taken off from the runway several minutes before. This strip, installed in Houston, had been neither manufactured nor installed in accordance with the procedures as defined by the manufacturer.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-04 11:44

      So Mr Haigs who haven't the foggiest idea about the concorde crash and who is wearing the blinkers as we speask???

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-04 15:13

      Nwabisa, well, that's an interesting question. Thank you for asking BECAUSE, I have always thought after being a descendant of the settlers who arrived in the Cape about 300 years ago and whose family have contributed in many ways to the benefit of our wonderful Country that I was, BUT several 'commenters', on many occasions have made us all believe, because we are white South Africans that in fact we are not African and therefore not welcome in own Country! By saying how sad is Africa, I mean that possibly, a chance was taken by an unreliable source to fly an un-air-worthy plane which would never ever, knowing it's status, have been flown in a sophisticated European Country. Need I say more……….?

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-04 15:16

      Well said KEVIN.DAY7370. I rest my case!!!

  • Zithelo - 2012-06-04 08:33

    My condolences to the families of the victims

  • Lerato - 2012-06-04 09:03

    RIP...i was thinking how gratefukl we should be here in SA for a lot of things, not only this plane crash in Nigeria has broken my heart but also the fact the Christians are being killed just because their Christians, This happened over the weekned in Nigeria....our biggest worry here is "The Spear"....Can't we just march for once for PEACE across the continent - now that is a march i will not mind joining.The killings in Libyia, Egypty, Somalia(Pirates), Sudan, etc,etc

      Marius - 2012-06-04 09:15

      What does pirates, Chistianity, and world peace have to do with a plane crash?

  • Anesh - 2012-06-04 09:12

    Poor journalism, more details required. Which ARLINE? FLIGHT NO.? ENROUTE TO? R. I . P

  • justice.forall.7140 - 2012-06-04 09:25

    Eye's cue, you are a disgrace,sis man! People are mourning you are busy"how sad is Africa" Please leave our contintinent and go to hell where you wont be sad, and to all of you who dont like africa, please leave us alone with our problems and go to countries with no problems, with no thugs.and by the way please tell me which country or continent is that so i can recommend it to some other idiots who dont deserve to be in these continent. May God give strength to the families who lost loved ones ! ! ! !

      Rob - 2012-06-04 10:02

      Justice: Listen to the complaints, if you silence them you lose valuable input as well as noise. Suggesting that people should leave because they have issues is a perfect reflection of the psychology that creates the problems in the first case. On the other hand you could stop using your intelligence and bury your head in a bucket of sand. Certainly that approach will appear to reduce the problem.

      Rob - 2012-06-04 13:21

      Looks like 50% want to pretend that nothing is wrong or/and want the critical observers/commentators to leave. Now that's what I call a formula for a house of cards.

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-04 15:26

      Justice.forall.7140. Relax, and read what I stated as a fact. The plane which crashed, had a week before, been grounded!!!How sad is Africa that the loss of lives is over ruled by the money that the flight would generate had it not nosedived into a whole lot of innocent Africans who are now paying the price for somebody else's negligence!!!

  • justice.forall.7140 - 2012-06-04 15:17

    Criticallyhonest or criticallydumb, you miss da point, this is a sad moment and the last thing we need now is how wrong is africa, we are talking about lifes lost here,families are in pains and instead of encouraging and comforting those who lost loved ones you are busy criticizing.All these years you have been alive you havnt learned that there is a tym 4 everything, pls read the bible in Eccl that there is a time for everything instead you are busy telling us how sad Africa is.I am not saying we should not listen to complaints, this is not the right tym.

      Rob - 2012-06-04 16:15

      I am tempted to be as insulting as you have been, but I will can work out my reasons, maybe. Right now, while the evidence is still warm and bloody, and peoples guilt and negligence is fresh is exactly when the circumstances must be determined, responsibility allocated and accountability applied. Nothing can bring back the victims, their families may be able to temper their grief if they can know that the loss of their loved ones can contribute to lessening the risk of it happening again. The harsh probabi;ity that I emphasize is that these incidents happen more frequently in parts of the world that pay less attention to the detail of effective planning and is a reality that many countries in Africa fall into this category. Africans may or may not have the ability and resources to operate safe aircraft, but if they do operate unsafely it is irresponsible and arrogant. As for bible, it may give comfort to some, and that is fine, but that is their private matter.

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