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Nigeria Plane Crash: Canadian Among 153 Dead In Crash

06/05/2012 10:18 EDT | Updated 06/06/2012 07:46 EDT
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigerian authorities have confirmed a Canadian was among the 153 people who died in a plane crash on Sunday.

The MD-83 aircraft went down in a residential area in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

Searchers have recovered 150 bodies, according to Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency.

It's not yet known how many people died on the ground. Emergency workers are still looking through the debris for bodies, and one damaged building seemed on the verge of collapse.

Family members arrived Tuesday to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where authorities had placed the 43 identifiable bodies so far collected from the crash.

Hospital officials told the dozens of relatives and diplomats gathered there that at least 29 had already been identified, including the corpses of a Chinese citizen and a Canadian.

Federal and state authorities have discussed using DNA testing to identify other bodies, though that likely would require massive assistance from laboratories outside of the country.

The cause of the crash on a sunny, clear Sunday afternoon remains unclear.

The crew radioed the tower that they had engine trouble shortly before the plane went down.

At least seven Americans, four Chinese citizens, two Lebanese nationals and one French citizen were also killed in the crash.

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