Dana Air Flight 992 Crash: 150 Bodies Recovered, Senate Cripples Dana Operations

Smoldering remains of MD 83 after it crashed on approach to the airport in Lagos on Sunday.
By SaharaReporters, New York

As of this, 150 bodies have been recovered from the scene of last Sunday’s Dana Air flight 992 crash in Iju, Lagos State. The black box flight recorder was also recovered yesterday and is now with investigators.

The spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA), Yushau Shuaib, said that while most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, others were intact and had few bruises lending credence to testimonies from residents that some passengers were alive when the plane first crashed.

The plane exploded 20 minutes after it crashed into several buildings on its belly.

Emergency services did not arrive the scene until an hour and thirty minutes after the crash.

However, Mr. Shuaib stated that rescue officers and engineers would soon pull down some of the affected structure in order to facilitate speedy operation and fumigation.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, has decried the lack of discipline and basic knowledge of public safety procedures by most Nigerians during disaster and emergency situations.

Sani-Sidi made the comment this morning before the commencement of search and rescue operations at the scene of the crash, stressing that the crowd that trooped to the scene violated the crash site and made the task of search and rescue officers difficult until the arrival of security personnel that eventually contained the situation.

The NEMA boss also disclosed that his agency would continue to mobilize, train and equip volunteer groups in disaster management in the country. "Crowd-control has always been our major challenges in disaster management when some people turn the scene to a cinema to watch or engage in nefarious activities."

Meanwhile, the Senate had ordered that Dana Air should suspend its operations until all aircraft in its fleet are certified able to fly.

It also ordered the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, to go on vacation until the end of the ongoing investigation to ascertain the reasons for the crash.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma moved the motion today on the floor of the Nigerian senate, his proposal received support from 50 other senators.

A 22-year old MD 83 jetliner crashed on Sunday carrying 153 passengers, all of whom perished in the tragedy. An unspecified number of people on the ground also died in about seven houses on which the plane crashed after its pilot reported engine trouble.

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Who do i contact if i need to

Who do i contact if i need to find a friend that may have been on that flight? I live in USA. A friend was going there for business. Please email with help. Thank you.

Who do i contact if i need to

Who do i contact if i need to find a friend that may have been on that flight? I live in USA. A friend was going there for business. Please email with help. Thank you.

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Bowen University Teaching Hospital,
Ogbomoso,Oyo State Nigeria

What i observed of this issued is that is like maybe all our leaders they have not value our self. because according to what we are heard about that flight that the plane has fault. even in my own little knowledge. if they wont to carry that plane to the Lagos to fixed the problem. they don't need to used it to carry the passenger at all.......So you seen that to used that plane to carried passenger is too bad.

Although that one is gone but because of nest time you must let all the Dana air craft Managements face the challenge. because they can't do that for other countries.

Thanks you for this opportunity you have giving all to expressed our mind.

OLAWUMI MICHAEL.

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Bowen University Teaching Hospital,
Ogbomoso,Oyo State Nigeria

What i observed of this issued is that is like maybe all our leaders they have not value our self. because according to what we are heard about that flight that the plane has fault. even in my own little knowledge. if they wont to carry that plane to the Lagos to fixed the problem. they don't need to used it to carry the passenger at all.......So you seen that to used that plane to carried passenger is too bad.

Although that one is gone but because of nest time you must let all the Dana air craft Managements face the challenge. because they can't do that for other countries.

Thanks you for this opportunity you have giving all to expressed our mind.

OLAWUMI MICHAEL.

Dana Air Crash

What good will withholding passports do when Nigeria is about the most porous nation on earth? do you know how many foreign nationals move into our territory in droves? if they are not arrested, then forget it.

dana air crash

i hope the international passports of the indian nationals have been seized to ensure thet dont 'DISAPPEAR INTO THIN AIR' pending conclusion of investigation. it's a SHAME to we nigerins to have foreigners like the INDIANS toss us 'ABOUT'. CAN ANY NIGERIAN TOSS AN INDIAN 'ABOUT'IN INDIA THE WAY THEY TOSS US? NO! THE 'TOSSING ABT OF NIGERIANS STARTED FROM THEIR ILL FITTING FACTORIES, TREATING OUR FELLOW NIGERIANS WHO WORK FOR THEM LIKE 'DIRT', THEY WORK IN VERY POOR VETILATED ENVIRONMENTS, THEY ABUSE OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, YET WHEN THEY RE BEING REPORTED, WE THE PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES TURN BLIND EYES TO SUCH CASES/THINGS. NOW THESE SAME INDIANS HAVE NOW 'PROGRESSED' TO TOY WITH THE LIVES NIGERIANS. SHAME

SENATE AT WORK ONLY ON EMERGENCIES?

Where is the senate all ths while,not only on aviation but also in MEDICINE where Indians are cutting corners and killing NIGERIANS like chickens.

AT WORK ONLY ON DESASTER.....NIGERIA SENATE.

Why is the senate committee not always working,must they work when desaster occurs like this,senate must sit up please.

Senate and its Comical Behaviour

What has the DG Dr. Harold Demuren going on vacation got to do with this enormous problem on hand? Would the poor Minister of Aviation who is equally mourning with Dr. Demuren now asked to proceed on compulsory leave? Does the Senate now take executive decisions because the President cannot act decisively except when it is in changing the name of Unilag? So anytime there is a problem in the Senate, Senator David Mark must be sent on leave or asked to fix it? Will Dr. Demuren's presence not help to facilitate investigation into the causes of too many air disasters even before his appointment as DG? Lagos-Ibadan or Lagos-Benin roads have been killer points known to the Senators. What did they do with the executive to fix them? Senate's decision are sometime laughable.

AVIATION MESS

What a pity that our senators display such ignorance about the way accidents are handled in the aviation industry that they reckon asking Harold Demuren to step aside is the way to ascertain the truth about last Sunday's air disaster.If any one is to be suspended or indeed fired, it is the Minister That woman like so many before her, has no clue.Aviation is NOT just rhetorics:pretending to be fighting for the interest of Nigerians by making noise about ticket pricing-a subject she knows absolutely NOTHING about.Demuren is in a class of his own and even the US government can attest to that.His position is too sensitive to be politicised.It was this man's technical knowledge that got Nigeria certified by the USA.Mr President, please fire your"fasionista" minister or re-assign her NOW....NOW.

Go Figure.

This is exactly what happens in a country where people in power receive bribes instead of doing their jobs truthfully and where some people find all possible avenue to cut corners instead of doing their jobs diligently.

Crap

She calls the shot in the ministry of aviation.
The aviation minister must resign

god save us from this boko

god save us from this boko haram and the crimnls.

grounding of Dana air

Why ground Dana air? They should be given medals by the senate. Can the senate committee on aviation point at one thing they have done to protect Nigerians before now? Those that collected all the bribes to allow that plane to fly in Nigeria should go to church next Sunday to thank their God. Their prayers has been and shall always be answered. Nigeria oh Nigeria!!

Why is Nigeria Even A Country?

Honestly, I've given up on this country as a whole. We tried unsuccessfully to #Occupy, Boko Haram is killing innocent people, our government can't handle their affairs properly, they would rather rename UNILAG, legislators fighting like thugs in the House and now this. Didn't something similar happen back in 2005? Problem is we forget too easily.

NOT ENOUGH

FREEZE EVERY ASSET THAT DANA GROUP OWNS IN NIGERIA AND TELL THE INDIAN MGMT TO TURN IN THEIR PASSPORTS, AND NOT LEAVE THE SHORES OF NIGERIA TILL FURTHER NOTICE.THIS IS OUTRIGHT MURDER.YOU WILL NEVER GET THIS COUNTRY MOVING UNTIL WE DEVELOP THE SPIRIT TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION AND DEMAND THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY IN EVERYTHING WE DO.WE HAVE LAWS,BUT SUCH LAWS DO NO MEAN ANYTHING, WHEN OUR LAWYERS AND JUDGES ARE THE MOST CORRUPT OF ALL.WE MUST CONVENE A NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO DEAL WITH THE ILLS OF OUR COUNTRY.TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND IT IS RUNNING OUT FAST.QUOTE THAT I SAID THIS.NIGERIA IS ON THE VERGE OF ONE OF THE WORST HUMAN DISASTERS THAT MANKIND HAS EVER KNOWN.NOTHING WORKS IN NIGERIA BECAUSE THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE AT THE HELM OF AFFAIRS IN OUR COUNTRY.

WARNING TO NIGERIANS !!!!!!

We've heard and known so much, our ears is full.

Every commercial aircraft that operates local route within Nigeria is a potential HIGH RISK (flying coffin) until proven otherwise.

Nigerian govt in collaboration with aviation ministry DO NOT enforce the safety/regulatory guidelines of this industry and it's operation.

DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE SYMPATHY OF SOME OF THE AVIATION OFFICIALS. They're all compromised in approving operating license of these airlines and "flying coffin" air plane with NO maintenance records.

Boarding any of the local commercial aircraft in Nigeria is at your own risk.

!!BE WARNED, DO NOT SAY YOU'RE NOT AWARE OF!

crash

we dont value life in this country that is why there was no rescue team one hour thirty minutes after the crash, who do they expect to be alive at that time.

The hands of Sympathy.

"Sani-Sidi made the comment this morning before the commencement of search and rescue operations at the scene of the crash, stressing that the crowd that trooped to the scene violated the crash site and made the task of search and rescue officers difficult until the arrival of security personnel that eventually contained the situation."
This is balderdash.The Nigerian is no different from any concerned citizen anywhere in the world.The filled a gap in the absence of trained personnel. If those who were trained for this had arrived early enough,then it behoved them to initiate the appropriate response strategy.People put their lives in danger in order to do something.Whatever.They should be commended.

MINISTER OF AVIATION SHOULD ALSO TAKE A BREAK

AINT THEY ALL BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHERS? DANA AIRLINE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE UNDER ANOTHER COMPANY NAME IN FUTURE. WE WANT THEM OUT OF NIGERIA AND LETS SEE IF THEY CAN PULL THIS CRAP ELSEWHERE

Medicine after death,it is

Medicine after death,it is too late to cry when the head is off.Will that bring back the dead ones.NONSENSE

Our senate seem to have

Our senate seem to have executive powers and that is a clear violation of the time honoured doctrine of separation of powers. Where did they get the power to ask the DG of NCAA to standd down?

What Kind of Nigeria be this

It was a shame of allowing some Private Sector being purchasing a faulted plane with its problem,what an oddity!
Wasting of lives, properties that cannot be recovered in 20 years is what I normally experience since my childhood.

Dana Tragedy

May God give the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.

EXCELLENT SENATORS

We appreciate the decision of the senators , is the right thing to do at this moment and is a pass mark . BBC News has just reported it to the whole world . That was what we expected them ( senators )to do during fuel subsidy scam. They should have suspended Madueke and her collaborators and allow a full scale investigation. We should note that the subsidy scam killed more Nigerians than the ill-fated plane crash. The killing of the scam is silent and unquantifiable.

Dana Tragedy

May God grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.

air crash

Hope their avoidable death will not be in vain.

REACTION TO DG NEMA'S COMMENT ON THE CRASHED DANA FLIGHT

I can't Imagine this useless NEMA DG opening his stinking dirty mouth by blaming Nigerians on "the lack of discipline and basic knowledge of public safety procedures by most Nigerians during disaster and emergency situations"

If NEMA is a disciplined agency as claimed by her DG, they would have arrived the crashed site 5minutes after the incident....It took the intervention of Nigerians (Lagosians)to make the rescue operation a success...Meanwhile NEMA got there 1 hour 30mins after the crash......shame on NEMA!

May the souls of the departed rest in peace......

In saner climes many

In saner climes many officials would have tendered their resignation letters voluntarily since the unfortunate incident unfolded. But could somebody please educate me on whether the legislature has direct power to order a public official to vacate his/her seat, shouldn't it be the responsibility of the employer, which is the executive branch under the circumstance? My worry is precedence and propriety.

All air crafts...

All aircrafts flying Nigerian air space must be checked. No compromise please Senate.

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