More than 150 fatalities reported in Lagos MD-83 take-off crash

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Source: Flightglobal.com
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Investigators are trying to establish why a Boeing MD-83 belonging to Nigerian low-cost carrier Dana Air crashed on near Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport, reportedly killing over 150 people.

According to press reports, the MD-83 came down on 3 June shortly after departing the airport on a flight to Abuja, with 147 passengers and six crew on board.

The twinjet – which according to Flightglobal’s ACAS database was one of five MD-83s operated by the airline – is reported to have struck power lines and then struck a building close the airport.

There are no reports of any survivors.The weather at the time of the accident, which was at night, was reportedly relatively calm with a slight wind and good visibility.

The Dana Air accident comes a day after a Boeing 727-200 freighter operated by Nigerian carrier Allied Air Cargo for DHL Aviation veered off the runway when landing at Accra’s Kotoka airport during a thunderstorm after a flight from Lagos.

The aircraft – one of four the airline operated - reportedly ran through the airport perimeter fence and struck several vehicles, resulting in 10 fatalities on the ground. All four crew on board the 727 survived.