Families grieve for victims of Nigeria's air crash

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Families grieve for victims of Nigeria's air crash

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Grieving families gathered at a morgue in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos to try to identify the dead from Sunday’s air crash.

All 153 people onboard the Dana Air flight from the capital Abuja died when it crashed into an apartment building nine kilometres short of Lagos airport.

Several more people on the ground were killed.

Despite a poor air safety record, Sunday’s crash was the first major disaster for six years.

Diplomats from the US and China were also present at the morgue, representing the families of several foreigners who were on board the fatal flight.

The brother of one victim said:

“He called me before he left Abuja that he had just boarded the plane – that was around 2.30. Then next thing, I just hear the sad news that I lost my brother, so I am just here today to do the DNA.”

The aircraft’s operator Dana Air has had its air licence suspended.

The company, which runs internal flights throughout Nigeria, said there had been no mechanical faults prior to the tragedy.

Airport officials say the crew radioed the tower to report engine trouble shortly before the crash.