Fears of on-ground deaths from Nigeria plane crash

June 4, 2012 - 4:07 AM
APTOPIX Nigeria Plane crash

People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, government officials said. Firefighters pulled at least one body from a building that was damaged by the crash and searched for survivors as several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities say they fear a large number of people may have been killed on the ground from a commercial airplane crash in Nigeria that killed all 153 people onboard.

Officials with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency said Monday they don't know how many people were injured or killed when the Dana Air flight crashed Sunday near Lagos' international airport.

The Boeing MD83 came down in a densely populated neighborhood, smashing through businesses and homes. Rescuers worked through Sunday night at the site, trying to put out fires from the crash. Officials said searchers were still looking for the aircraft's black box recorder.

Sunday's crash was the worst air disaster in the troubled nation in nearly two decades.