Plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria kills all 153 on board (VIDEO)


A plane crash in Nigeria's capital Lagos killed over 150. This picture was taken with a cell phone camera on the scene and released on Twitter following the incident. (This photo cannot be verified by GlobalPost)



A deadly plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday has claimed the lives of all 153 people on board.

The Dana Air flight, en route to Lagos from the capital Abuja, crashed into a building before it exploded into flames.

Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, described the scene to CNN as "devastation."

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The crash triggered three house fires, rescue officer Labaran Ahmed told CNN. The state-run Voice of Nigeria news organization reported that a manufacturing company, a block of six apartments and a church were affected.

Pieces of the plane were scattered around the crash site, said the Associated Press, with at least one body pulled from the wreckage.

Thousands of people looked on as firefighters battled the flames.

Russia Today said that onlookers reported seeing burning bodies near the crash site.

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Dana Air flight 997 was using a MD-83 aircraft, which typically seats between 155 to 175 people depending on the seating layout.

The aircraft has not been manufactured since 1999 and has been involved in at least 60 fatal or near-fatal incidents killing over 1100 people, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Air incidents are not uncommon in Nigeria where power problems have sometimes left radar screens blank.

Fox News reported that just the day before, a cargo plane from Lagos killed 10 people in a crash in Ghana.