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Nigeria Plane Crash Kills Over 153, Including Residents - Nation In Shock


Nigeria Plane Crash Kills Over 153, Including Residents - Nation In Shock

*Nigeria Plane Crash Kills Over 153, Including Residents - Nation In Shock
( Dual Engine Failure Cause of Crash )

-Masterweb Reports

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..... )

People at the crash site

Photo Above: People at the crash site

Search 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..... )

Body of a victim being removed

Photo Above: Body of a victim being removed from the crash site

Dana 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.

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Photo Above: Rescue workers and firefighters work to contain fire while they continue to look for survivors, Sunday, June 3, 2012.

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Photo Above: Policemen, firefighters and rescue workers at Dana Air flight 997 crash site, Sunday, June 3, 2012.

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Comment from: ahmed okaito [Visitor]
ahmed okaitoit's so partetic that another great lives was loss in this mannner. please, aviation minister and the likes shuld ask indian's govt. the half life of their aircraft. what a shame that indian of the then all people is now shedding nigerians blood. may there soul rest in peace.
06/04/12 @ 15:12
Comment from: iwundu roseline [Visitor] Email
iwundu roselineGod gives, God has taken. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. But we must learn one thing from this, that death is inevitable and that all in this world is vanity upon vanity.we shouldn't boost or wear pride rather be in good r/ship with God. The presidemt should do something about this to stop future occurance. Let Nigerians watch and pray.
06/04/12 @ 15:26
Comment from: iwundu rose [Visitor] Email
iwundu rosenigerians should watch and pray and be close to god.
06/04/12 @ 15:33
Comment from: Philip Emeriewen [Visitor]
Philip EmeriewenWe should pray for the souls of the departed, and remember that this world is not our home. May God grant them eternal peace, amen.
06/04/12 @ 18:34
Comment from: Mike Obaji [Visitor]
Mike ObajiPrayer is Good, no doubt but we must, as human beings, do our own part to reduce the over-load of our burden upon God. Nigerians compromise quality in all ramifications just for their pockets such as in building/road constructions, in food processing, in public water supply, in drug production, in academic activities, in investigations, in security, in justice system etc. The Whiteman will be ready to do the right thing but nigerian leaders & nigerians will compromise. Ask yourself how old was that plane when America sold it to Dana in 2009? In a functional country, the Aviation Industry would be very rigid in supervising air transport business as well as pilots level of experience, and would never grant license to purchase "second-hand" or outdated planes. In a working society, experts would carry that engine 'am seeing lying on the ground to diagnose the age & other information related to that aircraft but who would do it since the government would only set up committees to sweep the matter under the carpet? Let's pray less and do more practical work about our problems. In times like this, you only hear: "may their souls rest in peace", "That's their own destiny", "It's not my portion" etc. Who told you it's so? Do you know how many people that were put in life jail simply because a speed train had an accident in China due to minor communication failure? Till today, many people are still losing jobs and public confidence in Japan due to the nuclear reactor implosion. Nigeria needs to be restructured to create competition among the federating units. Only in this way can quality, law enforcement, justice, economic development and science & technology be prioritized. So long as we depend on natural resources only for our wealth rather than using our brains to create wealth by way of exporting knowledge in education, science & technology, agriculture, culture & tourism, construction etc, we'd remain a crippled laughing stock to countries that we once saw as underdogs. 'am writing in anger because those who died were just ordinary nigerians who may not have had any opportunity to right any wrongs. They were not in position to slam "off-air" punishment on inferior or old-age aircrafts or even sack that inexperienced aircraft engineer who lacks the morality to raise the alarm about what's going wrong therein.
06/04/12 @ 23:31
Comment from: yakub musa [Visitor]
yakub musaMay there soul rest in peace
06/05/12 @ 02:01
Comment from: Shopeju Okikiola [Visitor]
Shopeju OkikiolaDestiny doesn't kill but decision kills. There is no hand of God in this tragedy it is handwork of a corrupt system or a nation. Can those innocent victim accept to travel in a car as old that ill-fated aircraft if they knew? No wonder the bible says "my people are dying because of ignorance" In as much as the system remain same, more of such tragedy is on queue. since nothing happen to those behind oil-subsidy crime nothing will happen to those responsible for this crash. I presumed that this crash is purely caused by human error and its NOT inevitable. Can Nigeria be ruled like China to see end to similar circumstance.
06/05/12 @ 08:16
Comment from: charity ugochukwu [Visitor]
charity ugochukwuIt is well - Nigeria. Beware, for the coming of the Lord is at hand;Let everyone watch his ways o ooooo
06/05/12 @ 08:38
Comment from: umar sulaiman [Visitor] Email
umar sulaimanmay their souls rest in peace. The Nigerian government should take aviation industry very serious. This is not d first of this menance. Positive action should taking
06/05/12 @ 13:58
Comment from: joshua [Visitor] Email
joshuaFrom the information gathered we heard that senior officers of Dana Air line force the workers to fly the plane in question because earlier they reported that the plane have problem, if i may opine, this is a plot by some group of people to paint this God given Nation black. okay, just watch it, on Saturday it was in Ghana involving our air liner and killing about 10, and Sunday the latest occurred also the bombing of the church by unknown religious sect my God where are we going from here what is the faith of us that is living. God Arise and fight for the masses let the blood of the innocent citizen of this country speak before your presence, keep not quiet oh God till the evil roots in our country be uprooted. may the soul of these good,honorable and faithful Nigerians rest in perfect peace Amen God Bless Nigeria.
06/05/12 @ 14:24
Comment from: chika [Visitor]
chikaWe should cry unto God for forgiveness of our sins of corruption that has eaten deep into all facets of our existence. God will surely forgive us if we sincerely confess and repent from our inordinate quest for money and wealth in all its forms. Consider this minor analysis of passenger plane crashes since 2002.

Saturday 4th May 2002
Saturday 22nd Oct. 2005
Saturday 10th Dec. 2005
Sunday 29th Oct. 2006
Saturday 2nd June 2012
Sunday 3rd June 2012

All these crashes are at weekends during rush and busy travels to catch up with the beginning of a working week.

Three crashes out of the six tend towards the end of the year when traveling in Nigeria peaks and the weaning of raining season.

Three crashes out of the six are close to the beginning of rainy or heavy rainy seasons.

It is obvious that the first idea put up suggests that our airlines may be involved in unprofessional practices to make quick money thereby jeopardizing the life of their passengers. The age of the plane is also a factor as they are over used and burdened with human traffic at weekends.
Though I am not an expert in Aviation these eye openers should not be treated with a wave of hand. An Igbo adage has this to say " When you see a man dancing in the street there is somebody somewhere playing a music for him"
06/05/12 @ 15:42
Comment from: Chike Nwachukwu [Visitor] Email
Chike NwachukwuThe only thing I have to say is that the earlier we Nigerians realign our value system the better it is for us.
Any society that places money first and not what he or she can contribute for the good of her country is headed for doom.
Let us realise that we connot take a kobo to the great beyond.
A word is enough for the wise.
In reality none of those souls that perished in that flight will opt to travel in s 22 uear old jalopy.
Oh God have mercy on our country and creat in us the spirit that is of You.
Grant those that perished ad a result of the greed of man eternal peace. Amen
06/05/12 @ 16:28
Comment from: GENEMAN [Visitor]
GENEMANThe plane should land emergency because of the first lady of the country.
06/05/12 @ 23:04
Comment from: olubukola Sola-Dada [Visitor] Email
olubukola Sola-Dadait is well with our nation Nigeria.I wish all this my friends eternal rest.we love you but God loves u more.To the rest of us on earth,can u now see that there is nothing in this world.Accept Jesus today before its too late.it could be me, it could be you.He will come like thief in the nite.
06/06/12 @ 03:40
Comment from: ebony [Visitor]
ebonywhy blame the Indians , Chinese and Lebanese?
what are those pot belly chiefs(fools) in all our aviation regulatory bodies doing including the minister of aviation.
Indians , Nigerians, etc. have companies all over the world but they abide with the rules and regulations of the host country. but greediness and materialism will not allow those my bastard brothers and sisters enforce the rules in Nigeria. if government said no aircraft above 20yrs what are aircraft of 21, 22 yrs still doing in our airspaces.?
who oversees the regular maintenance of those aircraft ?
which body is responsible for their airworthiness?
what are our law-makers doing ?
all they know is to fight over increase of salary bunch of illiterate chiefs
God will judge you all!!!
06/06/12 @ 03:58
Comment from: otaha sunday [Visitor] Email
otaha sundaywell its so unfortunate that we still have to experience such great lost in Nigeria again. but its high time we enhance our rescue team and other paramilitary; because its sound so awful, for a plane to crash in a town not a forest or any ocean and the passengers were shouting for twenty minutes and there was no one to come to their rescue. just so unfortunate, may their souls rest in peace
06/06/12 @ 06:38
Comment from: Mercy Otori [Visitor]
Mercy OtoriIt is shocking. May their soul rest in peace (Amen).

FG should intervention. pls
06/06/12 @ 07:46
Comment from: Osa [Visitor]
OsaInnocent lives distroyed for lack of regard for Nigerian lives. The system condone it, and the foreign companies took advantages of these loop hole for profit in other the meet their quoters to the corrupt aviation officials. The stories arrising from series of problems that plagued this aircraft, and the insistent of dana officials to keep this junk flying, is an indication of massive negligent on behalf of the aviation official from the minister on down. The Minister of aviation must be knowledgeable with aviation and not a history teacher managing aviation for party sake. All aircrafts must pass inspection by an independent body, not dana maintenece who may doctor documents. The president must begin by asking for the resignation of the aviation minister, next ask dana to pack and leave the country after paying compensations to the family, in other to ease the burden their negligence has caused families. I would not imagine this type of negligence in a country where human lives are valuable, they would nail dana to the cross. The sale of all their junk aircrafts would not be enough to pay the fines and comensations. Take the case BP oil spill in America, and the Nigeria FG would have let them off the hook with ease. As I write, the company is still paying compensations and fines for their negligence. In nigeria, they know the dust will settle and they are in business as usual. The President call for an investigation would see a PDP senior official, talking the President down and the file would be lost forever. What happen in the oil subsidy investigation would transpire hare. This is our Nigeria where the president tip toe through his term pleasing his PDP party at the expense of life and property. If the police wanted to solve the boke harham case, it is piece of cake, but the people involed are in high places to be trampled on, and survive as a president of Nigeria, feeding fat while the nation starve.
06/06/12 @ 10:17
Comment from: Oluwole Olagunju [Visitor]
Oluwole OlagunjuMay the Almighty God console their families, I commit their soul to God, May their souls rest in perfect peace.
06/06/12 @ 12:18
Comment from: Abiodun [Visitor]
Abiodunmay the soul of the dead rest in peace
06/06/12 @ 12:30
Comment from: Royalman [Visitor] Email
RoyalmanBlood blood blood! Nigeria is going down. We have all raised up money ahead of love. We can do almost anythin for cash. Especially our leaders. We dont respect law, let alone God. Some call themselves Boko hara d killer. We are in trouble. They use blood to attain high position tru their secret cult. Love of Money n evil power are behind all this. Nigerians pray n change.
06/06/12 @ 12:49
Comment from: samson akpobome [Visitor]
samson akpobomeFirst and foremost, arrest the management staff for a thourough investigation of the crash. I know there is chop, chop behind this wickedness. No maintenance I am very sure. I was once in Nigeria and I know the corruption that is reigning. Everybody wants to be rich at any costs. God help us.
06/06/12 @ 19:57
Comment from: THOMAS [Visitor]
THOMASOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,God is purely unbelievable what my eyes seeing here.mortharn shock and fear.what is actually happening in this country so call nigeria?the same day boko haram did there own worst.blood sheel everyday.oh may Almight God grant there soul's internal rest amen.
06/07/12 @ 04:08
Comment from: bob victor ken [Visitor] Email
bob victor kenThe glory of NIGERIA as falling upon high places, HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLING.......... all i know is that NIGERIA GOVERNMENT has failed in all ramification of governance. so individual should make it a priority to watch and pray for the betterment of our dear country and to the family of the victims, i sincerely mourn with you, do accept my condolence.
06/07/12 @ 05:52
Comment from: bob victor ken [Visitor] Email
bob victor kenThe beauty of NIGERIA is falling upon high places: how are the MIGHTY fallen!How are the INNOCENT DIEING in the midst of STRUGGLING! O JONATHAN, thou wast slain in thine high places. i sincerely mourn with the families of the deceased do accept my sincere condolence. GOG KNOWS WHY
06/07/12 @ 06:07
Comment from: Adetona Olushola [Visitor]
Adetona OlusholaMay God grant the souls that are lost eternal rest. Nigerians are money lovers a security report from Dana air line officials claimed that the mgt of Dana was aware of the bad condition of their plane yet for the money.... Govt should carried out proper investigation and met out appropriate Justice THE BLOODS OF INOCENT NIGERIANS ARE CALLING FOR JUSTICE.
06/07/12 @ 10:03
Comment from: kenny [Visitor]
kennyi can,t understand the kind people that rule nigeria,i think they should be called demon,because demon is the only shamlless,wicked,evil thing i have ever seen in my life.
06/07/12 @ 13:37
Comment from: ROSSY [Visitor]
ROSSYplssssssssssssssssssssss nigerians we really do need serious prayers in this country.
06/08/12 @ 06:57
Comment from: ROSSY [Visitor]
ROSSYcan't stop weeping................ plsssssssssssssssssssss nigerians, keep praying for this country.
06/08/12 @ 06:59
Comment from: Favour obele [Visitor] Email
Favour obeleWhat a pity, to all victims of Dana air craft. May the lord console whoever, that is family member is involve in the accident i ask God to restore peace in such home. please dear take heart and do accept my sympathy.
06/08/12 @ 10:16
Comment from: Emeka aduah [Visitor]
Emeka aduahYes we know that there's time for every thing under this earth a time to burne a time to die ,it is adept all of us must pay no matter when an were, but in all when GOD say yes no man can say no , what is writen is writen, may all the departted souls of Dana air line rest in peace may almighty GOD grant them internal hope .
06/10/12 @ 14:10
Comment from: Isaac [Visitor]
IsaacFrom my understanding, it is NOT the age of plane that matters, rather it is MAINTENANCE.Having said this, I will like to ask the following pertinet questions from the Aviation dept:
1.Has the plane been salvaged?What co(s)./country(ies) sold the aircraft and its fleet to Nigerian co.?
2.How often was the plane serviced?
3.When last was it serviced? By what companies?
4.Where are the companies based?
5.Who were the experts or technicians who certified the plane(s)?
6.What is the regular price of such plane age? And how much was paid to purchase these fleets.
7.Was the plane overloaded?
8.Where were the pilots trained? How often did they undergo regular re-certification and by which co? etc
I put forward these questions in order to forestall future air catasrophies.We should understand that people will continue to fly as usual,but passengers's life should not be mortgaged from the fraudulent and the so called greedy businessmen. May the souls of the victims rest in peace and may God have mercy on those of us fortunate to be alive.
06/11/12 @ 01:53
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