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Nigeria: Death toll rises to over 160 in Lagos crash

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The plane wreckage in Lagos, Nigeria.

FATAL AIRLINE CRASH. The death toll count was reported to be between 153 and 163 people on Monday, as the victim’s families and friends tried to grasp what actually happened when the ill-fated Dana Airlines flight 0992 from Abuja to Lagos crashed into a building in the suburbs of Lagos on Sunday.

Two Major Generals, six children, six infants, a pregnant woman, several couples, a father and his daughter and many members of staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were on board, Allafrica.com reported.

“No survivors were found,” Tony Usidamen, a spokesman for Dana Group, which owns the Lagos-based airline, said today in a phone interview, according to Bloomberg News. “As we speak 94 bodies have been recovered.”

The crash is the worst civilian air disaster in oil-rich Nigeria since Jan. 22, 1973, when a plane carrying 176 passengers and crew went down in the northern city of Kano, killing all on board. According to Bloomberg News, it is the fourth accident in 10 years that claimed the lives of more than 100 people.

Full Coverage: All news about the crash (Google News)

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