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Right now investigators are digging through a terrifying scene in Nigeria.
A plane carrying 153.
Passengers crashing through the city of Lagos yesterday.
Wiping out businesses and two apartment buildings.
Everyone on board died an emergency workers fear that many more people perished on the ground they just haven't been able to get a handle on the number.
Crews are still pulling bodies out of the wreckage the pilot reported engine trouble just before the crash.
Investigators will look at the flight recorder try to figure out what went wrong.
The governor tells -- what they know so far.
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About the but look like I was -- to look back and that but what -- into the game we didn't think about respect.
-- joining us now is Peter goals a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board the agency that examines flight accidents in this country and elsewhere.
Peter -- Africa has long had a troubled history of of airplane safety.
Yet Nigeria just recently was upgraded to sort of top level status by the United States was that premature.
Well I think that's one of the questions that's gonna come out of this accident it was race to category one.
And you are absolutely right John.
That Africa has been a concern for the world's aviation community for almost twenty years and the accident rates.
In Africa have been high they continue to be high and there is a lack of confidence.
In the safety systems.
In the continent.
This particular plane an MD 83 was built by an American company human McDonnell Douglas now owned by Boeing.
It was flown by American air carriers for quite awhile.
And in fact there were a couple of incidents.
When it was flying -- when it was flown by -- I'm sorry Alaskan airlines.
In which you had to land prematurely because of reports of smoke in the cockpit that kind of thing.
We have that graphic maybe we can get it up on screen in just a moment but.
At any rate some of them date back to like 2002 for instance Peter is that unusual for a plane of this agent will they be looking that.
Far back into its history.
First thought no it's not unusual.
The the MD eighty.
Was for many years at a very common aircraft in the United States American Airlines still flies almost 250.
So it's it's a good aircraft it's got good.
Safety record it does.
Consume a little too much fuel so US carriers tend to be shedding themselves of this aircraft.
But the investigation will go back as far as necessary to identified.
What happened to this point.
You know there's there are reports that there were engine problems.
I mean they will look at the engines to see if they were making power they'll check the flight data and voice recorder they'll also checked the -- to see whether the fuel was contaminate them.
The NTSB is sending a team over.
Along with Boeing today.
So I would expect with within a few weeks we'll start to see what happened.
Hope we can get to the bottom of -- Peter goals formerly with the NTSB thanks Peter thanks.
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