Nigeria on Monday began a three-day national mourning period for the 193 people who died in one of the country’s worst plane crashes that occurred Sunday.
The Dana Air flight with 153 people on board plunged into a densely populated area of Lagos, killing all people on board and 40 on the ground.Local media said several high-ranked military and government officials and central bank bureaucrats were on the Boeing MD83 plane. The aircraft was travelling from the capital Abuja to Lagos on a trip of 50 minutes.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who declared a three-day national mourning, cancelled all his public engagements and was due to visit the crash site Monday.
Government officials said they did not expect to find any survivors from the crashed plane. Rescuers have pulled out 62 bodies from the wreckage. Most were beyond recognition.
The black boxes have been found and handed over to the police to probe into the cause of the accident.
A church, a two-storey residential building and a printing shop were damaged. More than 40 people living in the building, each storey having six flats, were trapped inside. An inferno engulfed the building and sent out heavy smoke.