Nigerian president visits Lagos air crash site

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The Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has visited the site of an air crash in Lagos that is believed to have killed all 153 people on board and an unknown number on the ground.

The jet was on a flight from Abuja but it crashed into a building in a residential area.

The head of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority told euronews that the black-box flight recorders had been recovered.

Harold Demuren said: “Unfortunately this (accident) blew us apart. We must regroup and come back solidly and make sure we have safe operations. This is an unfortunate accident and things have far improved in Nigeria. We want to make sure that we get to the bottom of this.”

The jet, an MD-83 flown by the privately-owned domestic carrier Dana Air, was coming in to land when it hit the top of a block of flats.

Rescuers are having to use heavy lifting gear to clear plane debris and the remains of the building it hit.

A source at the airline said the aircraft was built in 1983.