Crash toll at 180

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Lagos (Reuter) - Rescuers struggling through swamps have plucked 180 bodies from the wreckage of a crashed Nigerian air force plane, military sources said yesterday.

They said more bodies could be dragged out of the partly submerged C-130 Hercules transport, which came down near Lagos on Saturday, three minutes after take-off. 'About 150 were military officers . . . There were also some schoolchildren,' one source said.

If the figure is confirmed, it would be Nigeria's worst air disaster since independence from Britain in 1960.

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