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Date: 04 Jun 2012
Title: Nigeria mourns plane crash victims
Pretoria - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning after one of the West African country's worst plane crashes killed at least 193 people in the economic capital, Lagos, on Sunday.
Jonathan has directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for national mourning. He has also ordered the fullest possible investigation into the crash.
A Dana Air plane from Nigeria's capital city Abuja crashed in a residential area in the Lagos metropolis, killing the 153 people on board and 40 others living inside a two-story building hit by the aircraft, according to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
In compliance with the president's directive, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report as quickly as possible, the statement added.
"I join all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in northern Bauchi State," the president said.
He also assured air travellers in the West African country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in Sunday's plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.
Meanwhile, at least 12 people were killed and several others injured when a suicide bomber attacked a church in Nigeria's northern city of Bauchi on Sunday.
The suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the premises of Harvest Field Church in Yeruwa area of the state. No organization has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. - BuaNews-Xinhua