An investigation is underway to find out why a Nigerian plane crashed during a storm killing 103 people onboard. Dozens of the dead are school children who were on their way home for Christmas. Seven people survived. The aircraft was flying from the capital Abuja to Port Harcourt where it reportedly missed the runway.
The crash raises major questions over Nigeria’s air safety record. This is the second major plane accident in Nigeria in seven weeks and follows a string of near misses. Distraught family and friends of those onboard Saturday’s Sosoliso flight endured an agonising wait amid chaos as little information was available. Eye witnesses say they saw the DC 9 plane in flames before it touched down. They believe fuel onboard caught fire when the aircraft was reportedly hit by lightening.