Airliner McDonnell Douglas MD-83 crashed into the two-story building and crashed in the largest city in Nigeria, Lagos. According to witnesses, shortly after starting the machine touched the power lines and crashed into a building, located four kilometers from the airport. It exploded and a fire. Three neighboring houses were burned in a densely populated area. Representative of the Nigerian aviation authorities said all passengers were killed. Lagos state, authorities have indicated that, on board were 153 people.
Nigerian TV "Channels TV" reported that the machine recovered from the wreckage of a living girl. But authorities have not confirmed this information. According to the Nigerian media, fatalities are on the ground. Their number is not known. Over the district, in which the crash, floating clouds of thick smoke. The work of rescue services, hindered ot darkness.
The president, Jonathan Goodlack announced a three-day national mourning.
The plane belonged to the airline Dan Air. Dana Air Lines, there are just over three years and not on the EU blacklist of airlines whose planes can not land in the European Union.The machine was flying from Lagos to the capital, Abuja. Media have previously quoted the words of Harold Denurena, head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (equivalent of the Polish Civil Aviation Authority), who said he does not believe that one of the passengers could have survived the plane crash. At the time, of the accident, which occurred at about 16.45 local time weather conditions were very good.
Nigeria has long been the opinion of the country with a low level of air traffic safety. In many cases, neither the national electricity supply network, or substitute diesel generators are not able to provide continuous operation of the radar installation at airports. International Airport in Lagos is a major air transport hub in East Africa. In 2009, handled 2.3 million passengers.
This is the second in just two days event, which involved aircraft belonging to the carrier in that country. Yesterday, late in the evening in a crash at the international airport in the capital of Ghana - Accra, killed at least 10 people. A machine that has this accident was one of the Nigerian carrier Allied Air Cargo.
The circumstances of this tragedy are unclear. According to some accounts, the crash occurred during landing, and by others - while trying to start. The witnesses that the machine failed to slow down on the runway, broke through the airport fence and crashed into a bus full of passengers who passed nearby road. The vehicle was completely destroyed. Were damaged several cars.