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Six Chinese on plane that crashed in Nigeria

2012-06-04 06:40:46 GMT2012-06-04 14:40:46(Beijing Time)

People gather near the engine of a plane, after it crashed into a neighbourhood in Ishaga disrict, an outskirt of Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos June 3, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Six Chinese were aboard a plane that crashed into a residential area of Nigeria's largest city with all 153 people on board presumed dead.

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria said it had been told by local authorities that six of its citizens were aboard the Dana Air Boeing MD83 plane that plunged into a densely populated area of Lagos on Sunday.

"The embassy has managed to contact the family of the six Chinese citizens after using various channels," the embassy said on its website, but did not give any further details.

One of the plane's flight recorders has already been found.

According to preliminary reports, Sunday’s plane crash in Nigeria could have been caused by a technical fault.

The airliner operated by the domestic carrier Dana Air, crashed into a crowded residential neighborhood of Lagos on Sunday, killing all 153 people on board and at least one on the ground. The plane was making a landing approach at the end of a flight from Abuja.

Reports say the plane, operated by the domestic carrier Dana Air, was making a landing approach at the end of a flight from Abuja.

A number of people on the ground are also believed to have been killed in the crash, which created an inferno at the scene and badly damaged buildings.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for victims of the crash and pledged an investigation into the accident in Lagos, the country's economic capital.



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