Lagos shock at fatal Nigeria air crash
The day after one of Nigeria’s worst air crashes, workmen at the site of this crowded residential area of Lagos have been busy pulling out the charred debris. Huge cranes have moved in to shift the scattered, twisted pieces of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane where buildings once stood.
People clambered to stand on nearby rooftops to get a glimpse of the macabre scene. It is one of such total devastation; the 153 people on board would have stood no chance of surviving. In doorways close to the site people stand, silently, staring in disbelief.
Gone are the billowing plumes of black smoke that filled the air straight after the crash – but the area is still smouldering.
Seeing the destruction on the ground it is somewhat eerie to look up as aircraft fly overhead en route to the domestic terminal at Lagos airport. Bodies have been carried away from the site. No-one yet knows how many died here or how many more lie under the rubble.
The plane apparently first hit a mango tree before careering into the buildings. It seems there was a delay before an almighty explosion.
“I was outside the house when I saw the plane coming, with my two kids,” Segun Adenakan told the BBC.
“We saw the pilot was trying his best not to let it crash. But it was going up and down and up and down and finally it landed outside my house, about two houses behind me.”
“It entered a building and ten seconds after that the explosion came. After that, everybody ran out of the neighbourhood.”
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