Nigerian officials have set the number of dead in Monday's Boeing 707 crash at Kano Airport at 176 -- equalling the worst death toll in civil aviation history.
GV Wrecked aircraft
LV Burned out shell of fuselage
SV PAN Armed guards around wreckage
SV Engind on ground
SV Wrecked fuselage (2 shots)
CU Damaged tail section (2 shots)
SV Scattered belongings (2 shots)
GV & CU Kano airport building & sign (2 shots)
SV & CU Relatives of dead pilgrims praying at airport (2 shots)
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Background: Nigerian officials have set the number of dead in Monday's Boeing 707 crash at Kano Airport at 176 -- equalling the worst death toll in civil aviation history.
This film, the first available form the crash scene, shows the wreckage of the Royal Jordanian Airlines plane, which carried 200 Nigerian Muslims homeward bound from a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Thirty-three people survived the crash, including the plane's captain and three crew members. Twenty-six people are in hospital. All 176 bodies have been identified and buried, according to Nigerian authorities.
Jordanian experts have arrived in Nigeria to help investigations and try to reconcile conflicting reports on the number of dead. Early reports from the crash had placed the death toll as high as 196, but the airline had said that only 156 people died.
Experts have said it is too early to determine the cause of the crash. The Nigerian cabinet has denied it was due to runway collapse as the plane touched down.
The death toll equals that in a crash of a Soviet Ilyushin 62 jet last October at Moscow airport, as the world's worst air disaster.
SYNOPSIS: Investigators sifting the wreckage of Monday's air crash at Kano, Nigeria, have now set the official death toll at 176.
Armed guards are still posted around the remains of the Royal Jordanian Airlines Boeing 707, but cameramen are now being allowed to film the crash scene.
The plane, carrying 200 Muslim pilgrims, returning from Mecca, crashed and burned on landing at Kano Airport. Thirty-three people survived the crash, including the plane's captain and three crew members.
The remains of passengers' belongings are still scattered around the scene. All the deed have been identified, however, and were buried according to Muslim rites.
The death toll equals the world's worst previous crash last october in Moscow. Authorities have not established the cause for the crash, but deny Jordanian reports that the runway collapsed. Meanwhile relatives of the dead maintain a prayer vigil at the airport.