153 people feared dead in Nigerian plane crash

Jun 04, 2012, 10:04 IST | Agencies

At least 153 persons, on board a Nigerian plane, are believed to be dead after it crashed into a residential area in Lagos Sunday.


At least 153 people are feared to have died when a passenger plane carrying them crashed into a building in a residential area of Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos Sunday. 
The crash set three houses afire, said a rescue officer. 
Besides the passengers and crew on the plane, residents of the houses may add to the number of persons killed or injured in the crash.

Residents help bring a fire hose to the scene of the Dana airplane crash (Photo: AFP)

The Dana Air flight crashed into a building, said Akande Iyiola, an official related to Nigeria's Emergency Management Agency. 
An emergency official said around 10 burnt bodies had been removed from a damaged building and were thought to be separate from passengers. 
President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning for victims of the horrific crash and pledged an investigation as rescuers rushed to pull out survivors from the neighbourhood near the airport.

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