Nigeria Plane Crash Kills 153: Officials

Dana Air flight hits 2-story building in Lagos
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2012 10:48 AM CDT
Updated Jun 3, 2012 2:42 PM CDT
A man using his cell phone stands near the wreckage of a crashed passenger plane in a neighborhood just north of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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(Newser) – A passenger plane crashed into a two-story building in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos today, killing all the passengers on board, an aviation official said. The Lagos state government said in a statement that 153 people were on the flight going from Abuja to Lagos. The plane crashed in a densely populated neighborhood near the airport. A spokesman for Nigeria's national emergency management agency said there were likely more casualties on the ground, but the number was unknown. Several thousand gathered at the site as firefighters tried to put out flames and carry out survivors. (Read more Nigeria stories.)

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