(Reuters) - Nigeria’s airline industry is in dire financial straits, putting its already poor safety record at risk of further deterioration. Here is a list of major air disasters to hit Africa’s most populous nation in the last 11 years:
July 11, 1991 - A Nigerian Airways DC 8 carrying 242 pilgrims crashed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. All 261 people on board were killed.
September 26, 1992 - A Nigerian Air Force C-130 crashed minutes after taking off from Lagos airport. Around 200 people died.
June 24, 1995 - A Harka Airlines Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-134 crashed at Lagos airport, killing 16 people.
November 13, 1995 - A Nigeria Airways Boeing 737 crashed on landing in Kaduna, killing nine people.
November 7, 1996 - A Boeing 727 operated by Nigeria’s ADC crashed on its way from Port Harcourt to Lagos. All 142 passengers and nine crew died.
May 4, 2002 - A Nigerian EAS Airlines BAC 1-11 crashed in Kano. At least 148 people were killed, 75 on the plane and at least 73 on the ground.
October 22, 2005 - A Nigerian Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Lagos. All 111 passengers and six crew were killed.
December 10, 2005 - A Nigerian Sosoliso Airlines DC9 from Abuja crashed on landing in Port Harcourt, killing 106 people, half of them schoolchildren on their way home for Christmas.
September 17, 2006 - Twelve Nigerian military personnel, mostly high-ranking officers, were killed in a plane crash in Benue state. Six survived.
October 29, 2006 - An ADC airliner with 114 passengers on board crashed and burned after take-off from Abuja, killing 96 people.
June 3, 2012 - A McDonnell Douglas MD-83, operated by privately owned domestic carrier Dana Air, carrying 147 passengers and six crew, crashed in the Agege suburb of Lagos, killing all on board and 10 on the ground.
Reporting By Pascal Fletcher; Additional writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Will Waterman