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A passenger plane has crashed into a two-story building in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The Nigerian Civial Aviation Authority has confirmed there are no survivors.

­Thick clouds of black smoke can be seen at the site of the crash. Emergency services have been dispatched to the location. The head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the Dana Air flight was heading to Lagos from the capital Abuja.

Local residents have reportedly witnessed bodies burning at the crash site. Officials of the Lagos Fire Service and other rescue workers are evacuating residents of nearby houses.

Lagos’ international airport is a major hub for West Africa and saw 2.3 million passengers pass through it in 2009, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

In August 2010, the US announced it had given Nigeria the FAA’s Category 1 status, its top safety rating that allows the nation’s domestic carriers to fly directly to the States.

But Nigeria, like many African countries, has a poor air safety record, though some efforts have been made to improve it following a number of airline disasters in 2005.

Dana Air Lhas run commercial flights since 2008. On its website, the company says its fleet consists of Boeing MD83.

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