Crash Pictures: Grief Envelopes Port-Harcourt

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Monica Baa who lost her 13-year-old daughter in the Sosoliso crash cries in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. A memorial service was held Tuesday at the airport for the victims and grieving families who lost their relatives at Saturday's crash of a Nigerian airliner ferrying schoolchildren home for the holidays. All but three of the 110 people on board died when the Sosoliso Airlines' McDonnell Douglas DC-9 slammed into the ground on approach to the southern oil-industry center of Port Harcourt. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

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An unidentified woman holds up the picture of her husband who died in the Sosoliso crash in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. A memorial service was held Tuesday at the airport for the victims and grieving families who lost their relatives at Saturday's crash of a Nigerian airliner ferrying schoolchildren home for the holidays. All but three of the 110 people on board died when the Sosoliso Airlines' McDonnell Douglas DC-9 slammed into the ground on approach to the southern oil-industry center of Port Harcourt. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

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Ify Ilabor, holds up the picture of her three children who died in the Sosoliso plane crash in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. A memorial service was held Tuesday at the airport for the victims and grieving families who lost their relatives at Saturday's crash of a Nigerian airliner ferrying schoolchildren home for the holidays. All but three of the 110 people on board died when the Sosoliso Airlines' McDonnell Douglas DC-9 slammed into the ground on approach to the southern oil-industry center of Port Harcourt. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

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An unidentified woman who lost her husband in the Sosoliso plane crash cries in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. A memorial service was held Tuesday at the airport for the victims and grieving families who lost their relatives in Saturday's crash of a Nigerian airliner ferrying schoolchildren home for the holidays. All but three of the 110 people on board died when the Sosoliso Airlines' McDonnell Douglas DC-9 slammed into the ground on approach to the southern oil-industry center of Port Harcourt. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

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Ify Ilabor, center left, who lost her three children is consoled by relatives as she walks away from the wreckage of the Sosoliso plane crash in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. A memorial service was held Tuesday at the airport for the victims and grieving families who lost their relatives in Saturday's crash of a Nigerian airliner ferrying schoolchildren home for the holidays. All but three of the 110 people on board died when the Sosoliso Airlines' McDonnell Douglas DC-9 slammed into the ground on approach to the southern oil-industry center of Port Harcourt. (AP Photo/George Osodi)


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Sosoliso Airline has released the manifest of the passengers and crew members on board its ill-fated flight that claimed 107 lives in

SOSOLISO AIRLINE-FLIGHT 1145

OFFICIAL MANIFEST

S/N- NAMES -TITLE- SEX

 1. ABBA K. MASTER MALE

 2. ADAKA K. MASTER CHILD 3. ADEBOLU O. MASTER MALE

 4. ADEWOGA V. MISS FEMALE

 5. ADEYEMI B. MASTER MALE

 6. ADILORLY D. MASTER MALE

 7. AIKONBARE O. MISS FEMALE

 8. AKPAN O. MRS FEMALE

 9. AKWIWU A. MR MALE

 10. ALIGBA P. MRS FEMALE

 11. AMACHREE O. MASTER MALE

 12. AMANZE E. MISS FEMALE

 13. ASARA A.P. MR MALE

 14. AWAYI C. MASTER MALE

 15. AWAYI U. MASTER MALE

 16. BAA V. MASTER MALE

 17. BABA R.Z. MISS FEMALE

 18. BADEU I. MASTER MALE

 19 BANIGO E.S. MR MALE

 20. BUNMI AMUSAN MRS FEMALE

 21. CHIGBO C. MASTER MALE

 22. CHUKWUNENYE MR MALE

 23. COOKEYGAM K. MR MALE

 24. DANIEL KALU MASTER MALE

 25. EDETH S. MRS FEMALE

 26. EGWEKE U. MASTER MALE

 27. EHIMOHA J. MR MALE

 28. EJIKEME O. MR MALE

 29. EKEFRE U.O. MR MALE

 30. EKERE A.N. MR MALE

 31. EKERUWA A. MASTER MALE

 32. ELLAH I.A MISS FEMALE

 33. EMESIOBI C. MR MALE

 34. ENTE C. MR MALE

 35. EZE GODWIN MR MALE

 36. EZERIBE A. MR MALE

 37. GBEMUDU S. MISS FEMALE

 38. IBEH I. MR MALE

 39. IBIAM M. MASTER MALE

 40. IDABOR A. MASTER MALE

 41. ILABOR B. MISS FEMALE

 42. ILABOR C. MISS FEMALE

 43. ILABOR M. MASTER MALE

 44. ILOBI I. MRS FEMALE

 45. ILOBI N. MRS FEMALE

 46. IROEHAMA S. MISS FEMALE

 47. KAMANU C. MASTER MALE

 48. KEMARA H. MRS FEMALE

 49. LAMY I. MR MALE

 50. LOOLO I. MISS FEMALE

 51 .MANILLA A. MRS FEMALE

 52. MBA C. MR MALE

 53. MBA I. MRS FEMALE

 54. MOGBA M. MR MALE

 55. MONAGO A. MASTER MALE

 56. Njoku.l. Miss Female

 57. Nkagnieme U. Miss Female

 58. Nnebedum C. Master MALE

 59. Ntemuse E.K. Miss Female

 60. Nwadei V. Miss Female

 61 Nwafor O. Mr. MALE

 62. Nweze C. Miss Female

 63. Nwigwe C. Master MALE

 64. Nwoko S. Miss Female

 65. Nzelu C. Master MALE

 66. Nzenwa A. Mrs. Female

 67. Obi A.N. Mr. MALE

 68 . Ochulo M. Mrs. Female

 69. Odukoya B. Mrs. Female

 70. Ofoegbu B. Mrs. Female

 71. Ofor M. Mr. MALE

 72. Ogundipe O. Mr MALE

 73. Ojebode S. Mr MALE

 74. Okafor C.O. Master MALE

 75. Okemini I. Miss Female

 76 . Okereke O. Miss Female

 77. Okolie C. Mr MALE

 78. Okoro U.M. Mr MALE

 79. Okpe D. Master MALE

 80. Okuegbu I. Mr. MALE

 81. Okwuchi K. Miss. Female

 82. Ola E. Mr. MALE

 83 . OLakpe C. Mr. MALE

 84. Onwuka U. Mr MALE

 85. Orbit W. Master MALE

 86. Oyebode M.S. Miss Female

 87. Ozigbo C.C. Mr. MALE

 88. Ozueh P.C. Mr. MALE

 89. Riessa J. Mr. MALE

 90. Toju O. Mrs. Female

 91. Tony-Okeke I. Miss Female

 92. Ubah I. Master MALE

 93. Udeozor R. Master MALE

 94. Ukairo C. Master MALE

 95. UtukP.I. Mr. MALE

 96. Uzo U. Master MALE

 97. Uzodi B.C. Mrs Female

 98. Whyte V.I. Mr MALE

 99. Whyte V.I. Mrs. Female

 100. Wills W. Master MALE

 101. Zikoka U.O. Master MALE

 Crew 1. Captain B. Adebayo Pilot MALE

 2. F/OGerald Andan First Officer MALE

 3. Joyce Egbekobar Purser Female

 4. Sophia Iroegbu Cabin crew Female

 5. Amaikwu Emeka Cabin Crew MALE

 6. Theresa Dike Cabin Crew Female

 7. Akeem Odebunmi Engineer MALE

 

 


Port Harcourt yesterday. Below is the official manifest:

Crashed Nigerian plane carried 75 students: parent

Families seek Nigeria crash bodies

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) -- Relatives clutching photographs crowded Port Harcourt hospital mortuaries on Sunday, searching for loved ones among the 104 people -- nearly half of them children -- killed in a fiery plane crash.

The Sosoliso Airlines flight on its way from the Nigerian capital Abuja to the southern oil city crashed on Saturday during a storm and burst into flames at the airport.

PhotoAn image taken from television footage shows rescue workers at the crash site in Nigeria December 10, 2005. REUTERS/Nigerian TV

Two of seven survivors died on Sunday, raising the death toll to 104. Aviation officials originally said the plane was carrying 110 people but on Sunday revised that to 102 passengers and seven crew.

More than 50 of the people on board were schoolchildren from a Catholic college in Abuja on their way home for the Christmas break, according to the Abuja archbishop's secretary.

Also among the people who died in the crash were two expatriates working for the relief organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the head of mission for MSF France in Nigeria said.

At the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, about 20 badly burnt bodies were laid out on the dirt floor of the mortuary, a room with no refrigeration or air-conditioning.

Hospital staff sprinkled disinfectant on the bodies, most of whom were recognizable, and tagged them with numbers.

"All we can do now is bury our dead and mourn. There is so much suffering here," said one man among hundreds of relatives who were weeping and wailing at the mortuary.

Many were holding photographs of their dead relatives.

At first hospital authorities said they could not release any bodies until full identification had been carried out, but the governor of Rivers state, where Port Harcourt is located, visited the hospital and ordered they should be released.

Investigation begins

Aviation officials said the flight data and voice recorders have been recovered. A team of investigators from the United States has begun work to determine the cause of the crash.

"During our investigations, we saw the black box and flight recorder. We have handed over the crash site to investigators," Tomi Oyelade, permanent secretary in the Aviation Ministry, told reporters in Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is expected to issue a statement later on Sunday. The Port Harcourt airport has been closed to all flights.

Sosoliso, which began operations in 2000, had a fleet of five aircraft -- an MD-81, one MD-82 and three DC-9s, one of which crashed on Saturday, a Sosoliso statement said.

Sosoliso flies many domestic routes and is one of only two Nigerian airlines that operate the busy Abuja-Port Harcourt route.

The aviation industry of Africa's most populous country has grown dramatically in the past decade, but has been struck by a series of fatal air crashes.

Seven weeks ago a plane operated by Bellview, another Nigerian airline, crashed near the commercial capital Lagos killing all 117 people on board. The cause of that crash has not been established.

Experts say most of the country's commercial fleet is over 20 years old and second hand, while runways are often closed because of poor maintenance. It is not uncommon for planes to take off and land in torrential rain.

President Olusegun Obasanjo said after the Bellview crash that Nigeria would "plug loopholes" in its aviation sector and strengthen compliance with maintenance standards.

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PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - A plane that has crashed in the Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt was carrying 75 secondary school students, the mother of one of the students said citing their school.


Loading aircraft image...LAGOS (AFP) - More than 50 people were reported killed when a jet airliner crashed on landing in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. The plane was operated by the Nigerian private airline Sosoliso and was bringing passengers from the capital Abuja when it overshot the runway during a powerful electrical storm, witnesses said.

"Almost everyone was killed," an airport official told AFP by telephone, while a television station put the toll at more than 50.

"There was a lot of flames," said the official, who asked not to be named.

An official from a security company with staff at the airport said that at least three people had escaped alive from the airliner, which was burning on the runway, but there was no official word on casualties.

The private television station Channels reported more than 50 dead out of 110 aboard including seven crew, adding that 12 were known to have survived.

The local police chief, Commissioner Samuel Adetuyi, said he was on his way to the scene to check out the reports, while a Sosoliso official said she was unable to comment on the incident as senior executives were in a meeting about it.

Nigeria's ramshackle civil aviation fleet often suffers serious accidents.

On October 22 a jet airliner on a domestic route between Lagos and Abuja broke up in mid-air and plunged into a cocoa grove shortly after takeoff. All 117 passengers and crew were killed in the still unexplained incident.

Two more people were killed on November 18 when a light plane crashed outside the northern city of Kaduna. Since 1991 there have been 37 serious aviation accidents in Nigeria, killing 912 people.

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