[Updated 10:29 p.m. ET] Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said more than 80 bodies had been recovered from the crash site by 1 a.m. (8 p.m. Sunday ET), 10 of which belonged to people who were on the ground. He added that, if there are people still buried under the rubble, he doubts that they are still alive.
[Updated 5:39 p.m. ET] iReport: CNN PRODUCER NOTE Ilori says he was not at the scene when the plane crashed, but he lives a few streets away from the crash site. He says that when he was traveling back home he came across really bad traffic. 'I saw a lot of people staring at some houses. I was agitated, but then someone told me there was a crash, and the crash happened to be a few streets away from my house.' Read the full story and see images.
[Updated 4:34 p.m. ET] – (CNN) - There were no survivors in the crash Sunday of an airliner carrying 153 people that went down into a residential neighborhood of Lagos, said Mohammed Sani Sidi, director of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency. Authorities have not released any information on casualties on the ground.
[Updated 4:32 p.m. ET] iReport: Images from Lagos, Nigeria
[Updated 3:45 p.m. ET] By the CNN Wire Staff LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) - An airliner carrying 153 people crashed Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Nigeria's most populated city, setting off fires and causing pandemonium at the scene.
Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said Sunday evening that authorities are not yet detailing how many people on the plane or on the ground in Lagos died in the crash.
"They're still going through the wreckage," added Patrick Abbah, the general manager for search and rescue from the same agency, at 8:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET). "We haven't had any survivors yet."
The Dana Air flight destined for Lagos from Abuja crashed in the early afternoon into a building, said Akande Iyiola, zone coordinator with the emergency management agency. The neighborhood was about five miles from the city's airport, said Abbah.
The crash triggered three house fires, said Labaran Ahmed, a rescue officer with the agency.
Speaking to CNN around 6:15 p.m., Sidi described the scene as "devastation."
"All efforts are being put together to make sure that a rescue is carried out now," he said.
Hundreds upon hundreds of civilians were gathered around the crash site Sunday afternoon and evening, along with rescue workers and security personnel. Yet at that point, there were no lights on and the area hadn't been cordoned off.
"Everybody is present," said Abbah, referring to firefighters, security and more. "It's all hands on deck."
While the emergency management director said around 6:15 p.m. that "the fire has been stopped now," a CNN reporter on the scene about 45 minutes later could still see "orange flames."
[Updated 3:27 p.m. ET] More details emerge from Lagos.
[Updated 1:52 p.m. ET] CNN spoke to a Nigerian official about today's Dana Air plan crash.
[Updated 12:20 p.m. ET] A passenger plane carrying 153 people has crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, state rescue officials confirmed Sunday. The Dana Air flight attempted to take off from Lagos and went down in a residential neighborhood, resulting in three house fires, said Labaran Ahmed, a rescue officer with the national emergency management agency.
Dana Airlines Limited has run commercial flights since 2008, according to the company's website. Dana says its "fleet currently consists of Boeing MD83 aircrafts which have a higher number of passenger seats and a larger cargo capacity than currently available in the country."
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Nigerian people are normal people just like any other culture. It has its good and people. My condolonces go.out.to.the families that have lost their.sons.and daughters, fathers and mothers.
Good.and bad people.
My condolences to the families of those who perished in this tragic event.
My heart goes out to all of them.
I send condolences to the families of the many human beings who have died recently in Nigerian place crashes.
I believe that airlines in Nigeria can easily continue to own planes if they hire European and American pilots and mechanics to fly them safely.
The pilot was an American and according to some news sources, the maintenance team recommended that the plane stay grounded.
Hey CNN, the MD83 is a McDonnell Douglas not a Boeing. The MD is a big tip-off to that.
They may have thought that the "8" was a "B."
However, they may have thought that all big planes were made by Boeing.
HI Gary read wikipedia MD 83 the plane was a Boeing MacDonald Douglas!
That's very wicked of you!!!
May there soul rest in perfect peace.
A tragedy of immense proportions, made all the worse for happening in a country perhaps not as well abled to cope as some more advanced countries.But as the last MD 83 was delivered in 1999 It beggars the question How old was that aircraft? MD83's production run was from 1985 to 1999.
The plane was 22 years old.
Tragic loss of life. My sympathy and prayers are for the affected families. The pilot we learn was an American. I send my condolences to the family.
Interestingly none of the cheaply made building the airplane had struck had fallen to their footprints!
I see many people giving opinions about the aging aircraft without knowing anything about airplanes.
There are over 100 of the same type and model flying around the US today, and it's one of the workhorses and money maker for DELTA and American Airlines.
When will nigeria be free from plane crash? that sheding of tear and that of blood will not be identify with us let the be improvement in aviation sector,may the soul of this ones rest in peace!
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