|Plane debris scattered across a populated area|
Monday, June 4, 2012
News: Dana Air MD-83 crash in Lagos,Nigeria with 153 souls on board plus 40 deaths on ground
Dana Air flight 992 has crashed into buildings in a densely populated district of Nigeria's main city of Lagos.It was carrying 153 people on board at the time of the crash The crash occurred as the crew declared an emergency 11 nautical miles (20 km) from the airport, and a witnesses said it seemed to be having engine trouble. While approaching runway 18L for landing,the plane collided with a power line and apparently landed on its tail.
The crash scene reportedly became chaotic, with The Sun reporting that more than 500,000 Lagos residents attempted to approach the site. Crowds attempted to bring hoses to the site while soldiers attempted to disperse onlookers with punches and rubber whips. The onlookers then threw stones at the soldiers in retaliation.Water for firefighting was in short supply for several hours due to the city's dearth of fire trucks and civilians attempted to fight the fire by hand with water from plastic buckets. Water trucks commandeered from nearby construction projects had difficulties reaching the site due to the neighborhood's narrow roads.The situation was almost chaotic prompting the Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to declare 3 days of national mourning and also pledged that "every possible effort" would be made to boost the nation's aviation safety.