Nigerian airplane crashes, killing all 153 onboard, more on the ground

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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president has declared three days of national mourning after a commercial airliner crashed Sunday in the country's largest city.

The domestic airliner was flying from the capital, Abuja (ah-BOO'-juh) when it went down in a densely populated neighborhood of Lagos (LAY'-gohs), killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground. The plane tore through roofs, sheared a mango tree and slammed into a woodworking studio, a printing press and at least two large apartment buildings in the neighborhood before stopping.

Firefighters and police struggled to put out the flames around the wreckage as thousands of people flocked to the crash site. Rescue officials have not been able to determine how many people on the ground may have been killed.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, but a military official says the plane's pilots radioed the Lagos tower just before the crash, saying the plane had engine trouble.

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190-c-16-(John Gambrell (gam-BREHL'), AP correspondent)-"of the airport"-AP correspondent John Gambrell reports 153 passengers and crew were killed in a plane crash in Nigeria's largest city. (3 Jun 2012)

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191-c-10-(John Gambrell (gam-BREHL'), AP correspondent)-"I was wearing"-AP correspondent John Gambrell reports a passenger plane carrying 153 people crashed into homes and businesses in Lagos, causing a lot destruction. ((Lagos is pronounced LAY'-gohs)) (3 Jun 2012)

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192-c-10-(John Gambrell (gam-BREHL'), AP correspondent)-"in their eyes"-AP correspondent John Gambrell reports relatives of the passengers arrived at the crash site in Lagos with the faint hope of finding survivors. ((lagos is pronounced LAY'-gohs)) (3 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO NIN137: People walk past the wreckage of a crashed plane in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. A commercial airliner crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground in the worst air disaster in nearly two decades for the troubled nation. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (3 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO NIN133: A man calls for help at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. A commercial airliner crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground in the worst air disaster in nearly two decades for the troubled nation. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (3 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO NIN131: EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - A man stands by charred bodies following a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, government officials said. Firefighters pulled at least one body from a building that was damaged by the crash and searched for survivors as several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (3 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO NIN126: People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, government officials said. Firefighters pulled at least one body from a building that was damaged by the crash and searched for survivors as several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (3 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO NIN105: Rescue workers search for survivals after a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, government officials said. Firefighters pulled at least one body from a building that was damaged by the crash and searched for survivors as several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (3 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO NIN107: People stand on a wing of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. The passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, government officials said. Firefighters pulled at least one body from a building that was damaged by the crash and searched for survivors as several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (3 Jun 2012)

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