153 On Board, at Least 10 on Ground Killed after Nigeria Crash
Nigeria Severe // Air Accident
LAGOS -- Authorities said hours after a passenger plane crashed and killed 153 people on board and 10 people on the ground, search operations continue for bodies and, hopefully, survivors in the most densely populated city of Nigeria. According to Mohammed Sani Sidi, the director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, over 80 bodies were recovered from the crash site as of 1 a.m. (8 p.m. Sunday ET). According to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the Dana Air flight from the capital Abuja went down at 3:43 p.m. (10:43 a.m. ET) into a building in the neighborhood of Iju Ishaga which is just 4 kilometers north from the fringe of the city's airport. Sidi added that a building was completely destroyed and several others in the area were also affected. A report from the state-run Voice of Nigeria news organization said a manufacturing facility, a church and six apartments also sustained damages. A rescue officer said fires also broke out in three establishments following the crash. President Goodluck Jonathan ordered a thorough investigation and declared three days of national mourning for the victims.
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