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Plane carrying remains of South Africans killed in Nigeria building collapse lands at SA base

In this hand photo supplied by the government's Department's of Communications (DoC) one of four Forensic Pathology Services truck carrying the remains of some of the victims of the Nigeria building collapse, exits a chartered plane on it's arrival from Nigeria, in Pretoria, South Africa, at the Waterkloof Air Force base Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The remains of 74 South Africans who died in he building collapse on Sept. 12, 2014 arrived back in South Africa ahead of a ceremony at which the names of the dead were read to mourners.  (AP Photo/Department of Communications)   NO ARCHIVE

In this hand photo supplied by the government's Department's of Communications (DoC) one of four Forensic Pathology Services truck carrying the remains of some of the victims of the Nigeria building collapse, exits a chartered plane on it's arrival from Nigeria, in Pretoria, South Africa, at the Waterkloof Air Force base Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The remains of 74 South Africans who died in he building collapse on Sept. 12, 2014 arrived back in South Africa ahead of a ceremony at which the names of the dead were read to mourners. (AP Photo/Department of Communications) NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

A plane carrying the remains of 74 South Africans who died in a building collapse in Nigeria on Sept. 12 has arrived in South Africa.

The plane landed Sunday at Waterkloof air force base near Pretoria, the South African capital, ahead of a ceremony to honor the dead. The government said in a statement that the "gruesome nature" of the accident made it difficult to identify victims and that DNA tests had to be conducted.

South Africa says 81 South Africans were among a total of 116 people who died in the building collapse.

The fallen multistory building served as a shopping mall and guesthouse at the sprawling campus of televangelist T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.