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Plane Crashes in Nigeria’s Largest City

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Posted on Jun 3, 2012
AP/Sunday Alamba

People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday.

An emergency management official says none of the 147 passengers survived after a Dana Air plane flew into a two-story building in the Iju neighborhood of Lagos on Sunday. (The actual number of passengers is not clear. Differing reports place it at 147, “around 150” or “more than 150.”)

According to reports from Reuters and the BBC, it appears the plane was attempting to land at the nearby airport and may have had technical problems, although the true cause of this tragedy is still unknown.  —PZS

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In a statement, President Jonathan declared three days of mourning and said he had ordered the “fullest possible” investigation into the crash.

The crash had “sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi state”, the statement reportedly said.

The weather at the time of the crash was overcast - but there were none of the storms that regularly strike the city.

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