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    Posted June 3, 2012 by
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    Plane crash in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, Nigeria

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     rotgreen lives a few blocks away from the crash site. He was at home with friends when they heard a loud crashing sound. 'We heard the noise. It was like a loud explosion. We ran outside and saw the smoke then we began running to the place,' he says. When they got to the scene, he says the plane was ablaze. 'We were trying to see if we could help others. It was so hot we couldn't get close,' he says. 'I just kept thinking about the people, if there was anyone in there.' After the plane crash, a chopper started circling the crash site overhead. Then rescue authorities came onto the scene. He says the large crowds were too much to handle and he left the scene soon after taking photographs.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    From Agence France-Presse (AFP):

     

    Lagos – A plane carrying 153 passengers crashed on Sunday in a densely populated district of Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, the head of Civil Aviation Authority told AFP, adding he feared none had survived.

     

    “It was a Dana [airline] flight out of [the capital] Abuja to Lagos with about 153 people on board,” Harold Demuren said. “I don’t believe there are any survivors”.

     

    Lagos State police spokesperson Joseph Jaiyeoba told AFP the plane went down in the Iju neighbourhood on the mainland of the city where most of the city’s population is concentrated.

     

    A spokesperson for Dana confirmed one of its planes had crashed but could not immediately provide further details.

     

    “I can confirm that one of our planes crashed today on the outskirts of Lagos,” Tony Usidamen told AFP.

     

    “We lost communication with the aircraft. We are going to issue an official statement.

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