48 bodies found after air crash
Jun 05 2012
Emergency workers in Nigeria have fought fires and searched for bodies after an airliner crashed, killing all 153 on board.
Rescue officials said they fear many people may have perished on the ground too.
A Nigeria Red Cross report said that 48 bodies had been recovered so far, but more are being dug out from the rubble.
After pilots reported engine trouble, the Boeing MD-83 of Dana Air crashed into businesses and crowded apartment buildings near Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Sunday, the worst air disaster in Nigeria in nearly two decades.
"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.
The cause of the crash remained unclear. The pilots radioed to the Lagos control tower just before the crash, reporting engine trouble, a military official said.
Rescue workers searched for the aircraft's black box recorders where flight data is stored, said Harold Demuren, the director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
The aircraft appeared to have landed on its belly amid clear, sunny skies on to the dense neighbourhood that sits along the typical approach path taken by aircraft heading into Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
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