Heavy rains slow search in Nigeria plane crash

June 5, 2012 - 3:47 AM
APTOPIX Nigeria Plane crash

A rescue worker walks past the wreckage of a plane in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, June 4, 2012. The passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, government officials said. Firefighters pulled at least one body from a building that was damaged by the crash and searched for survivors as several charred corpses could be seen in the rubble. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Heavy seasonal rains and strong winds in Nigeria have torn through the site where a commercial airliner with 153 people onboard crashed, slowing rescue and investigation efforts.

The heavy rains began Tuesday morning before dawn, flooding roads and bringing down power lines and trees in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said the rains had stopped searchers from returning to the crash site near Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Shuaib said rescuers also were worried a three-story apartment building struck by the MD-83 aircraft might collapse.

The plane crashed Sunday, killing all 153 people onboard. Rescuers worry more people likely were killed on the ground.