The Boeng 727 CARGO -plane that crashed in Nigeria has in the past suffered two minor incidents

At Least 153 Dead After Plane Crashes In Nigeria


1:50pm UK, Monday June 04, 2012

A passenger plane has crashed into buildings in a densely-populated area of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, killing all 153 people on board and – it is feared – many others on the ground.

“The fear is that since it happened in a residential area, there may have been many people killed,” said Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency.

A Nigeria Red Cross report said that 48 bodies had been recovered, with more being dug out from the rubble.

The president, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared three days of national mourning following the tragedy – the country’s worst air disaster for nearly two decades.

Air Crashes In Nigeria Since 2002

:: October 29, 2006: An Aviation Development Co flight from Abuja to Sokoto crashes, killing 96 people, including the top spiritual leader for the nation’s Muslims

:: December 10, 2005: A Sosoliso Airlines flight full of schoolchildren flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt crashes – 107 people die

:: October 22, 2005: A Bellview Airlines flight crashes, killing 177 people after nose-diving into the ground at high speed

:: May 4, 2002: An EAS airliner with 77 on board crashes in the northern city of Kano. Four survived but at least 149 people died, including dozens on the ground

Wreckage of plane crash in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

The Dana Air flight was flying from the capital Abuja to Lagos, according to civil aviation chief, Harold Denuren. He said rescue workers have not found any survivors.

The aircraft smashed through a furniture shop and then into residential buildings next to the store near Lagos airport.

It tore through roofs, sheared a mango tree and rammed into a woodworking studio, a printing press and at least two apartment buildings before stopping.

The dead include at least four Chinese citizens, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Two of the crash victims were Lebanese, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.

The cause is not yet known – but a military official has said the pilots reported engine trouble shortly before the crash.

Authorities were unable to prevent a crowd of thousands gathering at the crash site as emergency services struggled to put out the fires around the wreckage.

Onlookers crawled over the plane’s broken wings and stood on the smouldering remains, some filming and taking pictures on their mobile phones.

About 10 burnt bodies were removed from a building damaged in the crash.

One witness, Praise Richard said: “I don’t think there will be any survivors. It would take a miracle.”

He said he heard a loud explosion that sounded like a bomb. He rushed outside and saw a lot of smoke and flames rising from the crash site.

On April 19, 2010, the plane made an emergency landing at Lagos due to loss of engine power after a bird strike following takeoff, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

The plane was formerly owned by Alaska Airlines, where it suffered two minor incidents.

In 2002, the plane made an emergency diversion due to smoke and electrical smell in the cabin, and in, 2006, the plane was evacuated after landing at Long Beach, California because of smoke in the passenger cabin.

On Saturday night, a Nigerian Boeing 727 cargo airliner crashed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, slamming into a bus and killing 10 people. The plane belonged to Lagos-based Allied Air Cargo.



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Alan57Posted by: Alan57on June 4, 2012 1:37 PM

Those penquins in out of Africa up to thier tricks again

the MEKPosted by: the MEKon June 4, 2012 12:57 PM

very few airlines in Africa can really be trusted. Right at the top of the quality list in every aspect is South African Airways which even puts a few others in Europe to shame.

MaxShalamar2112Posted by: MaxShalamar2112from Engladesh on June 4, 2012 12:49 PM

African planes have about as much luck as Italian cruise ships it seems

inspiral1Posted by: inspiral1on June 4, 2012 12:45 PM

@Phire007. Even modern aircraft need maintenance.
The only carrier i would trust in Africa is South African Airways.

Phire007Posted by: Phire007on June 4, 2012 12:01 PM


Not exactly whilst i may agree that there is a lack of required maintenance culture in countries like Nigeria, old aircrafts like any machine have an increased propensity to develop problems, maintenance or not and guess where these old aircrafts, even automobiles always end up? you guessed right

HAY2Posted by: HAY2on June 4, 2012 11:31 AM


inspiral1Posted by: inspiral1on June 4, 2012 10:45 AM

The plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-80.
Perfectly safe if it is maintained properly…

lassiePosted by: lassieon June 4, 2012 7:31 AM

Africa , Africa. Old Aeroplanes, shoddy service, badly trained pilots. The same old story.
A friend of mine who was a helicopter pilot in Sierra Leone, had the serial numbers of the Russian Mil 8 helicopters checked out that were flying in the country. All these machines were scrapped years before!!
All the scrap ends up in Africa.
Early 2000 the flight crews of TAAG the national airline of Angola, were checked out by SAA instructors. Not a single pilot passed his flight test.!

Diogenes666Posted by: Diogenes666on June 4, 2012 2:20 AM

Having lived and worked in Nigeria, and taken many internal flights within the country I have been appalled at the standard of maintenance of many of these aircraft and other equipment. Without pre-empting any investigation, I would not be surprised to find that poor maintenance was at least a contributing factor. Lack of technical skills in many areas, including running their large oil and gas plants, necessitating the use of many ex-pats to run these facilities, and to supervise and carry out the more technical operations. Be prepared for more incidents as a process of “Nigerianisation” is now being enforced, kicking out the ex-pats and giving the jobs in many cases to Nigerians who are simply not qualified or lacking in the required skills.

adams revelationsPosted by: adams revelationson June 4, 2012 1:48 AM

make your mind up sky “A number of people on the ground were also believed to have been killed, an emergency official said” then “About 10 burnt bodies were removed from a building damaged in the crash” so….

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