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APNewsBreak: US records show Nigeria airline woes

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Documents on three deadly jetliner crashes in Nigeria are offering a harrowing look at the loosely enforced safety regulations and oversight in Africa's most populous nation.

The records obtained by The Associated Press show that pilot error and weather were to blame for one crash when a plane filled with children going home for Christmas burst into flames.

Other documents show the captain of another Nigerian flight that crashed had gone back to work as a pilot despite being shot in the head years before. And in another case, a pilots' manual included blank pages instead of key safety information.

Nigeria's government long has declined to release formal records surrounding three fatal crashes in 2005-2006.

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