Factbox - Nigeria has history of major air accidents


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  • Monday, 04 Jun 2012

(Reuters) - A Nigerian passenger plane carrying 153 people crashed in a densely populated part of Lagos on Sunday, killing all on board, the latest air disaster to hit Africa's most populous nation.

Following is a timeline of major air accidents in Nigeria:

September 26, 1992 - A Nigerian Air Force C-130 crashed minutes after taking off from Lagos airport. Around 200 people died.

June 25, 1995 - A Harka Airlines Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-134 crashed at Lagos airport, killing 15 people.

November 13, 1995 - A Nigeria Airways Boeing 737 crashed on landing in Kaduna, killing nine people.

November 7, 1996 - A Boeing 727 operated by Nigeria's ADC crashed on its way from Port Harcourt to Lagos. All 142 passengers and nine crew died.

May 4, 2002 - A Nigerian EAS Airlines BAC 1-11 crashed in Kano. At least 148 people were killed, 75 on the plane and at least 73 on the ground.

October 22, 2005 - A Nigerian Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Lagos. All 111 passengers and six crew were killed.

December 10, 2005 - A Nigerian Sosoliso Airlines DC9 from Abuja crashed on landing in Port Harcourt, killing 106 people, half of them schoolchildren on their way home for Christmas.

September 17, 2006 - Twelve Nigerian military personnel, mostly high-ranking officers, were killed in a plane crash in Benue state. Six survived.

October 29, 2006 - An ADC airliner with 114 passengers on board crashed and burned after take-off from Abuja, killing 96 people.

June 3, 2012 - A McDonnell Douglas MD-83, operated by privately owned domestic carrier Dana Air, carrying 147 passengers and six crew, crashed in the Agege suburb of Lagos, killing all on board.

(Reporting By Pascal Fletcher; Editing and additional writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

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