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Family members who relatives in a Nigerian plane crash wait to identify their bodies (AP)

Family members who relatives in a Nigerian plane crash wait to identify their bodies (AP)

Family members who relatives in a Nigerian plane crash wait to identify their bodies (AP)

Nigeria has indefinitely suspended the licence of the airline involved in Sunday's crash in Lagos that killed all 153 people aboard and an unknown number on the ground, the aviation ministry said.

Joe Obi said the government suspended Dana Air's licence as a matter of safety as it investigates the crash.

The MD-83 plane went down in Lagos' Iju-Ishaga neighbourhood, about five miles from Lagos's Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

The crew radioed the tower that they had engine trouble shortly before the crash, but the exact cause remains unclear.

The aircraft appeared to have landed on its belly amid clear, sunny skies on to the dense neighbourhood that sits along the typical approach path taken by aircraft heading into the airport.

The plane tore through roofs, sheared a mango tree and rammed into a woodworking studio, a printing press and at least two apartment buildings before stopping. The plane was heading to Lagos from Abuja, the capital, when it went down.

PA