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SUNDAY TRAGEDY: Nigeria’s Worst AIR Disaster In 40yrs Kills 163 + People!

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I cannot begin to tell you how heartbroken I am over this tragedy.

Yesterday, Sunday, Nigeria’s worst air disaster in almost 40 years killed at least 163 people when a Dana Airlines Ltd. passenger plane slammed into a heavily populated suburb in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos. Dana Airlines flight 9J-992 crashed into  Agege suburb as the plane was preparing to land at Murtala Muhammed Airport on a flight from Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.

The plane, a Boeing Co. MD-83 was carrying 146 passengers and seven crew members.

“There were no survivors”, Lagos police spokesman Joseph Jaiyeoba said.

Here is a statement from Dana Airlines:

The Dana Air Family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the passengers and crew of Flight 9J-992 of Sunday, June 3, 2012. The aircraft, with Registration Number 5N-RAM, departed Abuja for Lagos with 146 passengers on board. 1 Dana Air Flight Engineer, 2 Pilots and 4 Cabin Crew were also aboard the flight.

Once again, we at Dana Air extend our profoundest condolences.We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time. A 24hr Call Centre service has been initiated and we have also set up an information center at MMA2 to look after their needs and keep them as quickly informed as possible.

An investigation into the cause of the accident got under way immediately, under the guidance of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who are being assisted by investigators from the U.S. National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB). Dana Air is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

In accordance with international protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all information about the investigation will come from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Dana Air will however provide information relating to the flight itself and updates on steps being taken.

Once again, we at Dana Air extend our profoundest condolences.

Jacky Hathiramani

Chief Executive Officer

I will be responsible and wait until investigations are completed because based upon what I am hearing, I am so sad and very angry at the events that lead to this tragedy….very! Personally, I think Dana Airlines should shut down its operations in Nigeria and get out of that market completely. If you cannot value African life, then you certainly do not deserve our business. Period….
But, like I said, I will do the responsible thing….
In the meantime, OUR prayers and thoughts are with the people of Nigeria. Your loss, is our loss. May the Lord strengthen and comfort you during this time.
We will never forget.

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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