A passenger plane has crashed into a two-story building in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The Nigerian Civial Aviation Authority has confirmed there are no survivors.
Thick clouds of black smoke can be seen at the site of the crash. Emergency services have been dispatched to the location. The head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the Dana Air flight was heading to Lagos from the capital Abuja.
Local residents have reportedly witnessed bodies burning at the crash site. Officials of the Lagos Fire Service and other rescue workers are evacuating residents of nearby houses.
There were chaotic scenes as onlookers and emergency services rushed to the crash site.
At the crash site, reporters saw plane wreckage scattered around and the body of the plane lodged into an apartment building.
Several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble, reported AP.
The plane did not to appear to have nose-dived into the building but to have landed on its belly, careering through a furniture shop and then into residential buildings, it said.
Firefighters tried to put out the smouldering flames of the jet engine as black smoke billowed.
An investigation is under way, but in difficult conditions as darkness falls, says the BBC’s East Africa correspondent Will Ross.
The weather at the time of the crash was overcast – but there were none of the storms that regularly strike the city.
Airplane involved in accident at Lagos, Nigeria was reportedly Dana Air MD-83 5N-RAM, a former Alaska Airlines plane built in 1990.
Dana says it is working with NCAA and FAAN to release flight manifest. The huge crowd at the scene is preventing emergency rescue team from performing their duties.
With 153 fatalities the Dana Air crash in Lagos would be Nigeria’s 3rd worst and the world’s 66th worst aircraft accident.
Dana Air Flight 9J-997 took off from Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) on a domestic flight to Abuja (ABV).
Shortly after takeoff the plane clipped a power line and crashed into a two-story building in the Iju/Ishaga area of Lagos. The Iju Ishaga Road runs north of the airport on the runway 36R extended centreline. The Ishaga neighbourhood however lies south of the airport, about the extended centreline of runway 18R.
Premium Times have been told that the Group General Manager, Public Affairs, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Levi Ajuonuma, was on the plane. Ehime Aikhomu, son of Late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, also said to be on the crashed plane.
On 11 May a similar Dana Air plane – possibly the same one – developed a technical problem and was forced to make an emergency landing in Lagos – BBC
Aviation minister, Stella Oodua said she was saddened by the news and was already on her way to the crash site.
“I am extremely saddened by the news of the crash and I assure the nation that investigations are underway,” she told NAN.
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