The devices will help investigators piece together what caused the crash. Meanwhile, heavy rains have prompted a suspension of recovery efforts, officials said.
The pilot of the Dana Air plane that crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, radioed that the plane was having trouble just minutes earlier, an airline official told CNN on Monday.
The details emerged as search and rescue crews worked to recover bodies from the wreckage, while authorities searched for the flight data recorders to try to piece together what brought down the plane Sunday, killing all 153 people aboard and at least 10 on the ground.
The death toll will probably rise as crews search the rubble of a two-story residential building that the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane struck.
It was unclear how many people were inside the building and on the street outside at the time of the crash, Mohammad Sani Sidi, the emergency management director, told CNN from the crash site.
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency said late Monday that 137 bodies — including the body of a woman clutching the body of a baby, apparent residents of the area — had been removed from the crash site. Alexander Bankole, director of search and rescue for the agency, announced at 7 p.m. that the search would be suspended overnight and resume Tuesday morning.
The pilot declared an emergency as the plane was on final approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, and witnesses said it appeared the plane was having engine trouble, said Oscar Wason, Dana Air’s director of operations. . .” WPTV