The authorities in Nigeria have revoked the flying licence of Dana Air indefinitely as an investigation into what caused the worst air crash in the country for 20 years continues. It has been confirmed that at least 153 people died after the Boeing MD-83 ploughed into a residential tower block and burst into flames. All on board perished as well as two people on the ground.
Efforts to recover the bodies have been made difficult because of torrential rain over Lagos. Yushua Shuaib, from the National Emergency Management Agency, said because the bodies had been so badly burnt in the fire following the crash it had been difficult to distinguish between who were passengers and who had died on the ground.
A final figure on the number of dead is yet to be announced, but emergency workers have been able to find the flights data recorder. The exact cause of the crash will not be known until the black box has been examined by experts abroad, according to Accident Investigation Bureau spokesman Tunji Oketunbi.
Head of flight operations at Dana Air, Oscar Wilson, told the media that there had been no technical issues with the aircraft before the flight. He said that he had been the last pilot to give the plane a test flight and that there had been nothing wrong on the flight before the one which crashed.
President Goodluck Jonathan ordered a thorough inquest into the disaster and also declared three days on mourning on Monday.