June 03, 2012
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A Dana Air MD-83 crashed shortly after take-off in a residential area of Lagos, Nigeria on June 3, and according to eyewitness reports the aircraft was destroyed by the impact.
The head of Nigeria’s civil aviation authority said all 153 people on board were killed, although other reports list the total as 147. The aircraft was on its way from Lagos to Abuja, the country’s capital, as flight 9J-997. The MD-83 hit at least one building and caught fire. No further details about the crash or ground casualties were initially known.
Dana Air operates four MD-83s, according to Ascend fleet data. The crashed aircraft was reported to be 5N-RAM. It was delivered new to Alaska Airlines in 1990 and was operated by Dana Air since 2009.
Dana Air launched operations in 2009 and focused on domestic routes. The airline carried around 1.3 million passengers through the end of 2011.