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*Nigeria Plane Crash Kills Over 153, Including Residents - Nation In Shock
( Dual Engine Failure Cause of Crash )
Masterweb News Desk reliably gathered there were no survivors in Dana Air Boeing MD-83, operating as flight 997 that crash in Lagos on Sunday at approximately 3:43 pm (10:43 am ET) local time in Iju Ishaga, a little over 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of the airport. The Dana aircraft with 146 passengers and 7 cabin crew, en-route from Abuja to Lagos, crashed into a three-storey building and exploded into flames. The plane first crashed through a furniture store, then into the three-storey residential building next to it. The crash impact extensively damaged the furniture store, but partially on the three-storey building, as the plane’s nose was the only section that penetrated the later structure. Debris from the plane and badly burnt body parts littered the crash site. Ten people were killed on the ground according to reports. Two fire trucks and 50 emergency personnel were on the crash site an hour after the incident.
Thousands watched as firefighters battled the flames; some reported burning bodies in the wreckage. Eyewitnesses said they heard passengers crying for help. One eyewitness said: “They were crying, help, help, help but no one could do anything after the plane had crashed. We all rushed to the scene after the plane crashed but we did not know what to do as the smoke was too much for us. Somebody in the crashed plane, we don’t know whether it was a passenger or the pilot, tried to escape, but was burnt to death.” ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: People at the crash siteSearch by firefighters, residents and rescue workers for bodies and, hopefully, survivors continued through the night and into Monday. More than 80 bodies had been recovered by 1.00 am Monday local time, 10 of which belonged to residents of the building/area.
Though Nigeria aviation authorities are still carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the crash, Masterweb Reports reliably gathered both engines of the plane failed as it prepared landing. It is not clear what led to the failure of both engines at the same time, but aviation experts who spoke to Masterweb Reports on condition of anonymity said they did not rule out poor maintenance. Six Chinese nationals were on board the ill-fated flight. The pilot according to confirmed reports was an American and the co-pilot, an Indian. Many rule out human (pilot) error in the crash.
Princess Stella Oduah, Nigeria Aviation Minister on Sunday said she was saddened by the crash; in her words, speaking at a news conference at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) headquarters said: “Today 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.” ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Body of a victim being removed from the crash siteDana Air had its maiden flight in November 2008 and now operates 18 domestic daily flights to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo. In August 2010, U.S. gave Nigeria FAA's Category 1 status, its top safety rating which allowed the nation's domestic carriers to fly directly to U.S. Nigeria’s aviation is not without problems - radar screens may go blank from electric power failure which is rampant in Nigeria, airports inclusive. Sunday crash is the second involving Nigerian planes in two days. On Saturday, a cargo plane belonging to Allied Air overshot the runway in Kotoka International Airport, Ghana, and crashed into a mini bus, killing 10 people. Dana crash is Nigeria's worst aviation disaster since 1992 when a military C-130 went down after takeoff in Lagos, killing all 200 on board.
Among the victims of Dana Air flight 997 crash are the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma; and Ehime Aikhomu, son of the late ex-military Vice-President Augustus Aikhomu. Below is manifest of Dana flight that crashed in Lagos –
Onita Jennifer, Ike ochonogo, John Ahmadu, Onyeka Ayene, Hurriya Lawal, Berkisum Yindadi, Ebuka Enuma, Oluchi Onyenyiri, Sunday Enuma, George Moses, Noah Anyene, Kamsi Anyene, Stamford Obruste, Kayinentochi Anyene, Okeke Hope, Rev Ayodeji, Ngozi Cole, Ailende Ehi, Oluwasegun Funmi Abiodun, Shehu Usman, Alade Martins, Onita Josephine, Ike Ochonogo, John Amadu, Aquade Roger, Osunbade Aderoju, Fatokun Anjola, Fatokun Olaoluwa, Ajani Adenike, Ike Abugu, Adijolola Abraham, Otegbeye Adiza, Ehioghae Sonny, Abikale Otatori, Ntoku Charles, Anibaba Tosin, Shobowale Femi, Somolu Oluwafemi, Ariyibi Temitope, Ojugbana Amaka, Ojugbana Xtopher, Muti, Yusuf Ali, Lt Col Chumbo Ochigbo, D Awani, O Awani, N Chidiac, Li Huizhu, Kang Yi, Inuza Ahmed, Fayzal, Mojekwu Adeobi, Ibrahim D, Peter Nosike, Mahmud Aliyu, Nnadi John, Akwezi Elizabeth, Adedunni Dorothy, Maria Okulehi, Jennifer Ibe, Mtshelia Sarah, Onyeagocha Chidinma, Ike Okoye, Amaka Raphael, Garba Abdu, Abdu Aisha, Benson Oluwayemi, Taiwo Lamidi, Awodogan Oluwasanmi, Major Ig Mohammed, Attah Antonia, Li Riu, Ifeanyi Orakwe, Obina Akabueze, Chukwuemeka Okere, Adekunbi Adebiyi, Wasa Ruth, Nabil Garba, Ibrahim Jangana, Okikiolu Olukayode, Komolafe Olugbenga, Dike Chinwe, Olusola Arokoya, Olukoya Banji, Saka Otaru, Yusuf Ibrahim, Ikpoki Abiola, Levi Ajuonuma, Mbang.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a three-day national mourning in memory of the victims of the Dana Air crash. He directed that the national flag be flown at half mast for the three days of mourning. Jonathan also cancelled all public engagements scheduled for Monday. The cause of the Dana Air crash is yet to be determined, but questions are being raised about the age of Dana’s planes. In 2010, Nigeria banned all planes over 20 years old. According to Planespotters.net, the average age of Dana’s fleet of five planes is 21.4 years, its newest plane is 20.9 years old.
Photo Above: Rescue workers and firefighters work to contain fire while they continue to look for survivors, Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Photo Above: Policemen, firefighters and rescue workers at Dana Air flight 997 crash site, Sunday, June 3, 2012.
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