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Lagos Plane Crash: Passenger Jet Crashes Into Two-Storey Building In Nigeria, Kills All 153 On Board

06/03/2012 07:42 pm 19:42:10 | Updated 04 June 2012

A plane crash has killed all 153 passengers after hitting a building in one of the busiest cities in Nigeria.

The disaster struck on Sunday in the densely-populated area of Lagos.

Numerous burned bodies could be seen in the rubble, while smoke poured from the wreckage.

The Nigerian Eye says the plane, which was carrying passengers from Abuja to Lagos, crashed in the Iju/Ishaga area of the city. It reports the NCAA's director general Harold Demuren has confirmed none of the passengers on board survived and that family and friends were "wailing uncontrollably".

The number of casualties on the ground is yet to be verified but it is believed the number may have been minimised as the crash happened on a Sunday and so the buildings - a printing works and residential flats - are likely to have been empty.

A statement from President Goodluck Jonathan said there would be the "fullest possible" investigation into the cause of the crash.

Speaking on Monday, Foreign and Commons Office minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, said:

"I wish to express my extreme sadness at the news of the airplane crash in Lagos, Nigeria. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the bereaved and those injured. My thoughts are with the Nigerian people at this tragic time."

The crash is the latest plane tragedy to hit Africa in the past 24 hours after 10 were killed in a cargo plane crash in Ghana's capital of Accra on 2 June.

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