Nigeria – 138 Bodies Recovered So Far From Dana Crash
At 6.00pm Nigerian time (18.00hrs) yesterday, 138 out of the 153 bodies had so far discovered from the crashed Dana Air Plane, CKN reported.The breakdown are as follows:
FEMALES 44 , MALES 84,CHILDREN 10 ,TOTAL 138…
Related Story From Nigeria:
Levi Ajuonuma, Gen., 151 others die in plane crash
By Yusuf Ali, Abuja, Kelvin Osa-Okunbor, Jude Isiguzo Eric Ikhilae, Yinka Aderibigbe, Precious Igbonwelundu and Damilola Owoyele.
June 4, 2012 (The Nation Online).
The scene of the crash…yesterday
•Aikhomu’s son, family of five among victims •Jonathan declares three days of mourning
Charred human bodies, scattered metal pieces, burnt personal belongings and documents. That was all that remained of a Dana Air plane that crashed yesterday in Iju-Ishaga on the outskirts of Lagos.
The McDonnel Douglas (MD) 82 aircraft coming from Abuja rammed into buildings, about two minutes to “emergency” landing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, killing all the 153 persons on board.
The dead include Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) spokesman Levi Ajuonuma, Ehime Aikhomu, first son of the late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu and former Super Permanent Secretary Ibrahim Damcida.
There were also three military officers – a General, a Lt. Col. And a Major.
Besides, the figure of casualties on the ground could not be ascertained as at press time last night.
Flight 0992, which came down around 3:45pm, crashed into a warehouse and a storey building on Tolulope Street, off Popoola Street, Iju Ishaga, Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Area.
The aircraft was reported to have hovered in the air before eventually crashing into a mango tree, killing a cow instantly. It then crashed into a residential building adjoining a warehouse, bursting into flames a few minutes later. At least, three buildings were set on fire.
An eye witness said the loud bang of the fallen aircraft drew residents’ attention. Many ran for dear lives, some scampering to pick their belongings.
A lawyer, Mr. Wole Jones, said: “I was on top of my house when I saw the plane coming very low. The plane crashed at exactly 3:38pm when it rammed into a two-storey building.”
Before eventually falling on the two-storey building, it destroyed the roof of a bakery on Sadiq Close, off Olaore Street, Power Line.
An eye witness, Pastor Patrick Akingbe of Mispem Bible Church, a bungalow located on 7 Popoola Street, said: “I just retired home. There was no one left in the church. I suddenly heard something fell on our roof. I raced out.And saw people, including children, running around. And then I heard a loud explosion and a huge smoke. The whole place was covered in huge smoke. Then there was another explosion. I heard about five explosions.”
Also affected were two other buildings, a three-storey building on 4, Olaniyi Street, a bungalow, which was levelled and an abandoned warehouse earlier occupied by a church, End Time Chapel Ministries.
A woman, whose name was not ascertained, was held by security personnel as she rushed towards her burning home. She was said to have left her new born baby with her parents to go and fix her hair before the crash. Neither her parents nor baby could be located.
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Managing Director Dr. Olufemi Osanyintolu said the plane crashed about 3:40pm. Three houses were affected.
“It landed on a two-storey building and reduced it to rubble. The number of casualties not yet ascertained.
“The plane landed on house number 9, Popoola Street, off Akande/Tolulope Streer, Toyin Bus Stop, Iju-Ishaga, Agege. Other affected buildings are 2 and 4 Olaniyi Street.”
He said four bodies had been retrieved from 4, Olaniyi Street, a green two-storey building.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of mourning for the victims. He also cancelled all his engagements for today and directed that flags be flown at half mast during the mourning period.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman Dr. Reuben Abati, Dr. Jonathan directed Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah to leave for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report to the Federal Government as quickly as possible.
“The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash, which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.
“President Jonathan assures air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.
“He prays that God Almighty will grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.”
About 5.00 pm when The Nation arrived at the scene of the crash, hundreds of sympathisers had blocked the roads leading to the crash site, making it difficult for rescue equipment and officials to reach the scene.
At about 6.00 pm, three helicopters hovered in the sky. A Nigeria Navy helicopter landed on one of the buildings to bring in rescue materials.
As hundreds of sympathisers thronged the crash scene, some of them picked up parts of the aircraft, as they struggled with fire fighting officials to put out the raging smoke.
How the crash happened, by Minister
Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah yesterday said the Federal Government will institute an investigation into the cause of the crash. She said rescue were ongoing to unravel the cause of the crash.
The minister who spoke at a news conference at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) headquarters said: “Today( Sunday , June 3, 2012), at 3.43 pm local time , DANA Air flight 0992 from Abuja to Lagos declared an emergency with the Lagos Control Tower at eleven nautical miles to Murtala Muhammed Airport( MMA).
“A minute later, the aircraft disappeared from the air traffic control radar. The flight was found to have crashed into a residential building at Iju area of Agege with 153 people on board. The police, National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA), rescue teams from the airport, Lagos State , Ogun State and other agencies were at the crash site within minutes, At this time, no survivor have been found.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the passengers and the people on the ground who lost their lives in this tragedy.
“The Federal Government will ensure that this incident is thoroughly investigated to determine the exact cause of the accident in order to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.”
“Recall that a Nigeria registered cargo aircraft belonging to Allied Air crashed in Accra, Ghana on Saturday killing ten people in a mini bus near a hotel and Ghana Ministry of Defense near the Kotoka International Airport.
(The Nation Online).