SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — At least 153 people died Sunday when a comnmercial jet crashed into a building and burst into flames in an urban area just north of the Lagos, Nigeria, airport, according to media reports. There were no reports of survivors aboard the Dana Air flight that had originated in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, according to the reports. Dana Air’s website says it flies Boeing MD83 jets between Lagos and other Nigerian cities.
A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria’s largest city, killing all passengers aboard, an emergency official said.
Several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble of a building damaged by the crash, as firefighters searched for survivors and pulled a dead body from the wreckage on Sunday (local time).
Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority Harold Denuren said that all the passengers on Sunday’s Dana Air flight died. He did not say how many were on the flight.
The Lagos state government said in a statement that 153 people were on the flight going from Abuja to Lagos.
Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said there were likely more casualties on the ground, but the number was unknown. He said they were also still trying to get an official manifest on the flight. Sometimes flights in Nigeria issue paper tickets and don’t record all passengers via computer.
The plane did not to appear to have nose-dived into a building, but seemed to have landed on its belly. It first crashed through a furniture shop and then into residential buildings next to the workshop in this densely packed neighborhood.