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15 dead after Lagos plane crash

The wreckage of the Embraer passenger plane. Credit: RTV

Fifteen people died after an Embraer passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal, Nigerian authorities said.

Emergency services initially said five people had died. Credit: RTV
Officials say the death toll could rise higher. Credit: RTV

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Liverpool woman believes sister 'killed in Nigeria plane crash'

A woman from Liverpool believes her sister was on a plane which crashed in Nigeria, killing everyone on board.

Jill Chime told Radio 5 Live's Up All Night programme her family had seen a passenger list which included the name of her sister, Antonia Attuh.

The Foreign Office was unable to confirm whether Ms Attuh was aboard but a spokeswoman said: "It is believed that there was a dual British-Nigerian national on board the flight.

"The Foreign Office has been in contact with a member of her family and offered consular assistance."

Emergency services still at plane wreckage

Nigerian emergency services continue to pull bodies out of the smouldering, ash-covered wreckage of a plane that crashed in Lagos, killing all 153 people on board.

Forty four year-old Emmanuel Shoyemi, who lives in a building opposite where the plane crashed, said:

The plane hit this tree here and entered that compound. I was stunned for about five minutes not knowing who to call. The shock alone was too much, then immediately I heard a blast from that place, two times.

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Three days of national mourning declared in Nigeria after plane crash

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning after a plane crash killed all passengers and crew onboard in the main city of Lagos.

The Dana Air flight was travelling from Abuja to Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport when it crashed into buildings.

Air crash safety investigators are now piecing together what caused the incident.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said it was trying to get an official manifest on the flight to confirm the names of the dead.

Foreign Office Minister statement on Lagos plane crash

Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham has issued a statement after Sunday's plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria:

“I wish to express my extreme sadness at the news of the airplane crash in Lagos, Nigeria. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the bereaved and those injured. My thoughts are with the Nigerian people at this tragic time.”

– FCO Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham
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