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"Some witnesses say they saw flames coming from one of the plane's engines"
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The BBC's Mark Doyle in Abidjan
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Monday, 31 January, 2000, 11:33 GMT
Air crash relatives' anger

Relative at Nairobi airport The death toll is still unknown


By Barnaby Phillips at Lagos airport

Relatives and friends of the passengers aboard the Kenya Airways plane which crashed on Sunday near Abidjan have been gathering at Lagos international airport, which was the plane's destination.

There are pathetic scenes as relatives and friends of those on board the plane are still waiting for information.

Many are in tears, while others have become extremely angry.

The Dutch airline KLM, which is a partner to Kenya Airways, has still not be able to produce a list of those on board. KLM handles Kenya Airways flights in and out of Nigeria.

KLM officials have pleaded for patience. They say a manifest has now arrived in Lagos, but it will not be made public until KLM is absolutely certain who was on board the plane.

Many relatives have waited throughout the night and have expressed frustration at the lack of information being made available to them.

They argue that if such an accident had occurred in Europe or America, the airlines would have been much more forthcoming and helpful.

The vast majority of those waiting are Nigerians, but there is also a small group of Indian nationals.

Relatives say the only information they do have has come through international media like the BBC and CNN.

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