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A passenger plane thought to be carrying at least 140 people crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday, emergencies officials there said.
The Dana Air flight from Abuja to Lagos crashed in a densely-populated area of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, causing several house fires, reports said. Police told Agence France-Press that the plane crashed into a two-story building near the airport.
The exact number of passengers on the flight is unclear. The Lagos state government said 153 people were on board, but an official told the Associated Press that the plane was likely carrying between 140 and 150 people, as not all flights in Nigeria issue paper tickets and "don't record all passengers via computer."
There has not been an official report of casualties, but Harold Denuren, head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, told London's Telegraph, "I don't believe there are any survivors."
"I can confirm that one of our planes crashed today on the outskirts of Lagos," a spokesman for Dana Air told AFP.
According to Al Jazeera, witnesses on the ground "believe it may have hit a power line" before it crashed into the building and burst into flames.
"Thick smoke rose from the area near the Lagos airport and flames could be seen coming from the building," the AFP reported. "Residents said the plane had been coming in low, making a loud noise, when it slammed into the residential area."
According to the Dana Air website, it operates several daily Lagos-Abuja and Lagos-Abuja flights using Boeing MD83 planes.
Sunday's crash comes just a day after a Boeing 727 cargo plane flying from Lagos crashed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, hitting a bus and killing at least 10.
Lagos' international airport is a major hub for West Africa, accommodating more than 2.3 million passengers in 2009, according to the AP.
|Mabaki ya Ndege iliyoanguka Ghana|
Doreen Owusu Fianko, chief executive of Ghana Airport Co., said the group has discounted airport-equipment failure as one of the causes of the crash. She said they were open to outside help on the investigation.
"We would not hesitate to seek external assistance to unravel the cause and to take lessons from that," she said.
Saturday's crash occurred in Accra near Kotoka International Airport, which sits near newly built high-rise buildings and hotels. Witnesses said the plane smashed through the fence that runs around the airport before hitting a bus.
Randy Banahene, a taxi driver who saw the crash, said an explosion was heard when the plane hit a wall. He said the plane landed on its belly across a road, its nose nicked and tail bent with punctures on its side, just yards from a residential neighborhood.
Families gathered at the hospital mortuary late Saturday night to identify bodies. Among them were family members of 27-year-old Castro Abuchor, who they said was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by the plane and killed.
The others were killed while riding in the minibus that was hit by the plane, officials said.
Mortuary manager Woi Boamah Mensah at the 37 Military Hospital said that eight of the 10 dead have been identified. Hospital staff had earlier said that nine of the dead were men, and one was a woman.
Ghana President John Atta Mills on Sunday visited the four plane crew members who are receiving treatment at the airport clinic after surviving the crash.
"We are grateful to all of them," Mr. Mills said at the clinic.
Dr. Nana Ako-Bruce, the medical director of the clinic, said the four crew members were Nigerian.
Billy Anaglate, spokesman for the Ghana Fire Service, said that all 10 people were killed on impact. He identified the plane as an Allied (Air) Cargo plane.
Ms. Fianko said the plane was coming from Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, when it crashed after a failed landing attempt. She said that operations at the airport had returned to normal after the crash Saturday.
Ghana, a nation of more than 25 million in West Africa, hasn't had a major airplane crash in recent years. The last air emergency the country had was in June 2006, when a TAAG Linhas Aereas De Angola flight to Sao Tome hit birds during takeoff. The plane landed safely and none of the 28 people onboard were injured.
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