The National Emergency Agency said early Monday that there were no survivors from the deadly passenger plane crash in Lagos on Sunday, reports said
Rescue teams, no longer searching for possible survivors, began recovering bodies from the smoldering wreckage of the plane crash by daybreak on Monday.
The Dana Airline McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flight, flying in from Abuja into the commercial city of Lagos, crashed into the densely populated Iju Ishaga area, a short distance from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, told reporters in a press briefing at the airport on Sunday night, that the flight had sent distress signals to the Lagos control tower at 3:43 p.m. before taking a nosedive into two apartment buildings.
Crews on the scene say they recovered 80 bodies, including 10 believed to be residents of the area. Among the dead are six Chinese citizens who were on board the flight, the Chinese Embassy said on Monday.
Two Lebanese citizens – an investor and an engineer – were among passengers killed in the commercial airline crash, the Daily Star reported on Monday.
It was unclear how many people were inside the building and on the street outside at the time of the crash, Mohammad Sani Sidi, the emergency management director, told CNN from the crash site.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday mourned the loss and called for a three-day national mourning period. He also ordered a full investigation into the cause of the crash.
Crew members are now scouring the shattered remains of the plane in search of clues as to what went wrong on that black Sunday afternoon.