Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/4/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Plane crash lands in densely populated area of Lagos; all 153 onboard killed

A plane crash in the densely populated African city of Lagos, Nigeria has killed all 153 onboard and killed 10 people on the ground this weekend. The pilot of the Dana Air plane radioed that the plane was having trouble just minutes earlier, according to an airline official.

Massive crowds that poured into the streets after the crash have hindered recovery efforts. The influx of onlookers has made it difficult for crews and medical workers to get to the wreckage.

Massive crowds that poured into the streets after the crash have hindered recovery efforts. The influx of onlookers has made it difficult for crews and medical workers to get to the wreckage.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/4/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Details are emerging as search and rescue crews work to recover bodies from the wreckage. Authorities are searching for the flight data recorders in order to determine the cause of the crash.

The death toll is expected to rise as crews search the rubble of a two-story residential building that the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane struck.

It's not yet known how many people were inside the building and on the street outside at the time of the crash. The pilot of the doomed flight declared an emergency as the plane was on final approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Witnesses say it appeared the plane was having engine trouble.

The pilot of the flight has been identified as an American, but did not release his name or hometown. The co-pilot was from India, and the flight engineer from Indonesia.

Among the passengers killed were six Chinese citizens who were on board the flight, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria said.

Witnesses say that the passenger plane appeared to be coming in high with its nose up when it crashed, hitting the ground tail first.

The flight, bound from the Nigerian capital of Abuja, crashed in the neighborhood of Iju Ishaga, just north of the airport, according to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, a full 11 miles from the runway.

Crews had recovered more than 80 bodies Monday morning, including 10 believed to be residents of the building.

The families of the dead were gathered at the airport hours after the crash and were told there were no survivors.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered an immediate investigation into the crash, while declaring a three-day period of national mourning for victims.

Massive crowds that poured into the streets after the crash have hindered recovery efforts. The influx of onlookers has made it difficult for crews and medical workers to get to the wreckage.

Police used batons to beat back onlookers to make way for rescue crews and ambulances. "There were so many people, you had to push through people to walk," Pearl Ezeokeke, who was at the crash site said.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Africa

Nigerian military swears to retake town after massacre by Muslims Watch

Image of The anti-education Muslim group, Boko Haram, attacked a town in northeast Nigeria, displacing 15,000 and killing more than 60 people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram has continued its reign of terror, leaving dozens dead in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa during a July 17 raid, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reports. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


How malnutrition kills, and a painful look at the South Sudan crisis Watch

Image of Parents don't like to see their children die and will save them if they can but with limited resources available, difficult choices are made and babies pay the price.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With hundreds of thousands of people, especially children expected to die in South Sudan in the coming months, attention is finally being focused on malnutrition and starvation and the painful process of death which accompanies those conditions. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Mysteries of the Pyramids - Previously hidden painting depicts life in ancient Egypt Watch

Image of The painting depicts what life was like 4,300 years ago in Egypt. It shows boats sailing south on the Nile and also agricultural images. The painting could also have symbolic meaning for life in ancient Egypt. Inside the tomb were also found statues of the 'priest' including his wife and what looks like a dog.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Found about 1,000 feet to the east of the Great Pyramid of Giza, a 4,300 year-old wall painting has been found. The artwork gives a rare peek into the life and times of ancient Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Discovered in a tomb for a "priest," the ... continue reading


South Sudan economy collapsing as millions begin to starve

Image of A child plays around an abandoned anti-aircraft gun parked in a fallow field.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The awful situation in South Sudan continues to worsen as time runs out for millions of people at risk of starvation. Painfully oblivious to the peril, two warring factions continue to vie for power while aid workers scramble to save lives, often going without meals ... continue reading


Will self-testing for HIV in Africa turn deadly tide? Watch

Image of Sex workers and men who have sex with men (the new euphemism for men who engage in homosexual acts with one another) are among the groups facing the heaviest burden of HIV. These groups are the most hard to reach in terms of testing and treatment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals in Africa, particularly in high risk groups. It's estimated that less than half of all HIV-positive people on the African continent are unaware of their status. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


MAJOR OUTBREAK: Ebola outbreak continues to devastate West Africa Watch

Image of Ebola is a virus that is spread to humans via contact with infected animals and their meat, such as rats and monkeys. It has a high fatality rate an no known cure.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak which has been devastating West Africa has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on July 15, with 68 new fatalities in Sierra Leone and Liberia. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The WHO said that the ... continue reading


Spreading like wildfire - Ebola takes 25 more lives in West Africa Watch

Image of The Ebola virus continues to spread in Africa, with 50 new cases developing in three West African countries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Africa continues to struggle with the Ebola virus the World Health Organization (WHO) said on July 8. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty new cases of the disease have been reported, along with 25 deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3.Give a ... continue reading


CAR rebels siege church, kill unarmed civilians Watch

Image of Between 4,000 and 6,000 Christian civilians live at the the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Bambari. This photo shows them at an earlier Easter Sunday service.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Showing blatant disregard for life and faith, rebel fighters alongside armed Muslim civilians in the Central African Republic killed several people in an attack on a church compound. Thousands of unarmed civilians had taken refuge there to escape the violence ... continue reading


Oil crisis in Libya reaches agreement with rebels Watch

Image of The ports had been reclaimed after an agreement with Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters had seized the terminals almost a year ago in a bid for more regional autonomy.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The North African nation of Libya, free from the iron grip of Colonel Moammar Khadafy has declared that their oil crisis has reached a diplomatic end. Libya's acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says that the government has reached a deal with a rebel ... continue reading


The Andromeda Strain - Scientist who discovered Ebola virus says 'We're running out of time' Watch

Image of The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa outbreak is

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The scientist who discovered the Ebola virus. Dr. Peter Piot says that the current outbreak of the body-melting virus in West Africa, in which 467 people have died, is "unprecedented." Piot also said that "because of the greater awareness, there is hope. But ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Song of Songs 3:1-4
1 On my bed at night I sought the man who is my ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2 Thus I have gazed on you in the sanctuary, seeing ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:1-2, 11-18
1 It was very early on the first day of the week and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Mary Magdelene
July 22: She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter