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Plane Crash in Nigeria Kills 103 People

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Nigerian aviation officials say 103 people were killed on Saturday when a domestic airliner crashed on landing in the southern city of Port Harcourt.

An aviation spokesman Sam Adurogboye says that only seven of the 110 people on board survived the crash.

Family members at the airport say the plane was carrying at least 65 secondary school students coming home for the holidays from a Jesuit school in the capital, Abuja.

Witnesses say the plane went down in stormy weather and burst into flames upon landing.

The disaster comes seven weeks after a yet-to-be explained crash of a Nigerian airliner that killed 117 people. President Olusegun Obasanjo vowed after the accident to improve safety and maintenance procedures for all Nigerian aircraft.

Aviation experts say most of Nigeria's commercial fleet is over 20 years old and second hand.
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