DANA Airliner Crash: Lack of Equipment Impedes Rescue Effort And Evacuation of Crash Victims

Remnants of crashed plane
By Saharareporters, New York

Accident investigation crews, the police and fire services are part of general search and rescue operations that have been impeded by a variety of factors at the scene of Sunday’s MD 83 airliner crash in Lagos, Nigeria.

With police and emergency services appearing to be helpless, a majority of the victims of the crash are yet to be evacuated.  Residents of the area took over the unsecured crash scene despite dangerous gas fumes in the area.

The 22-year old aircraft, operated by Dana Air with 153 passengers on board, crashed at Popoola Street, Iju Ishaga area of Lagos city, reportedly killing atlas 10 people on the ground as well as 153 people on board.   

Residents rescued a little girl from a house affected by the crash, but another little girl was reported to have died when she was thrown downstairs by her mother in a burning building.

Apart from the aircrew and the passengers aboard the plane, several people were injured and several houses also destroyed by the crash. Residents told Saharareporters that they were mostly relaxing at home on Sunday watching the soccer match between Nigeria and Namibia at 4.00pm, when the troubled aircraft crashed, catching them unawares.

The baby that died reportedly belonged to a woman who threw her downstairs following the crash as fire enveloped her building.  The baby died a few minutes later, as she was said to have landed on her head.  The woman herself broke one of her legs as she jumped to escape the fire.   

Eyewitnesses who saw the plane struggling to maintain altitude before crashing to the ground said the plane had almost crashed into Longe Private Hospital in the area, but that it suddenly regained some thrust of engine power, only to go on and crash into several buildings three streets away from the hospital.

“We saw it swerving on the roof of Longe Hospital and then we knew something was wrong with the plane. But suddenly it picked up again and went forward until it could no longer pick, then it crashed”, said Mr. Ajadi as he fetched water to help extinguish the fire on the scene.

A new two-storey building bore the brunt of the crash as the aircraft appeared have crashing into it on its belly.   The building was vacant at the time of the crash as the inhabitants were away to the church.

A printing press company close to that house was also affected.  Copies of freshly-printed textbooks littered the vicinity of the crash site.  Visible fractures sustained by the standing wall of the company indicated it might soon collapse.

A female survivor said she could not secure even a needle from her apartment. “Not even a pin, I could not get anything out of my room. It was a neighbor that gave me the [trousers] I’m wearing now”, she said, evidence of the accident obvious all over her body.

Several bodies are yet to be recovered from a building, which was destroyed by the crash.  A huge crowd formed around the destroyed building to watch the carcass of the aircraft. The fallen plane, with parts scattered all over the place, sits on the mutilated bodies of the dead passengers, several of them burnt beyond recognition, which are yet to be removed from under the plane.

A search and rescue team member said the operations are impeded because they lack the necessary equipment to move the fuselage of the plane for proper accident investigation. He said a deadly fume oozing out of the crashed plane poses a lot of danger to residents. “We ought to have completely secured the crash scene but we can’t even do it, the residents have taken over.”

 

 

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2015 LIKE ETERNITY

"Olu Orun ko ni je ki a pade AGBAKO"*

Nigeria problem is just wickedness and deceit in high and in low places*

Why on earth will a corporate body or person ready to kill to make money:

Starting from OBJ to Dangote to Ibrahim*

"The Bottom of Riches is full of Mess"*

No need to fly again any Nigerian Aircraft* till we shall have a good government*

Jonathan fails again: all money they are stealing to repair all our so call airports: the patronage in aviation will nose - dive: bank loans will be affected; and economy will suffer another blow*

Jonathan government is cursed and take note 2015 is like eternity*

God please grant the perished ones by DANA (WHAT A SAFE WAY TO FLY) a perfect rest*

Only God will safe Nigeria*

Since 1979 till date:

Baba Iyabo ways of life has impacted on

Nigeria satanically*

DO OR DIE*

And people are dying*

Plane crash

just over a month ago, this same plane that crashed and killed these people, skidded off the run way at MMA2 after it had circled Lagos for up to 1hr 30mins from Uyo with hydraulics problem, nothing was done after and now lives have perished due to lack of inspection of the planes,endemic bribery and corruption for officials who give air worthiness certificates for planes, because of their lack of ineptitude and concern for others. God or Allah will bless these people accordingly.

It is well, that is well......

My fellow Niegrians, this is not the period to condemn rather come together air our voice for true federalism and effective judiciary system . Investigation into the root cause of this crash should not be swept underground . Opposition parties and experts should come together and profer solutions rather than taking advantage of this situation to use unguided statements. It's not all about GEJ. But individual that make up this nation has a lot at stake in attitude building and change in our orientation. PDP should not give room for lobbyist in the course of investigation because people's lives are involved. I think GEJ. is just a good driver in a bad vehicle , so no matter how good he is , his deliverables will be questionable.
RIP. you departed souls, one day we shall all meet to part no more. Adieu!!!

jonathan's fault

what can i or we say to change things in this country,we need action. President Jonathan is practically a self-centered dunce & a fool (quote me). All he knows is to talk & make pronouncements. This is what happens when quacks, mediocres & evil are in power. Nigeria has killed & is killing more Nigerians more than any disease, war, natural disaster, crime, & poverty. He is 1 of d most powerful presidents in d world but only sits & stares...so every other thing then dances to his tune

PREMATURE EJACULATION

Suffering from PREMATURE EJACULATION??? Then you have got to visit... http://www.stopeja.wapka.mobi

THIS IS A 'CHARLEY BOY" SHOW

The eventual crash of Dana air on Sunday was no more news. What is news is the way and manner things are structured in our "Obodo Nigeria". One could wonder what was happening when a plane crash and there is no water (chemical water) to quench the fire coming from aircraft gas.
It is very unfortunate that in the 21st century where technology takes the center stage, we are yet to get right equipments to put out fire. I pray that GOD almighty DOES NOT VISIT THE COUNTRY WITH ANY NATURAL DISASTER. WE ARE ALL GONE. What you can hear from our political leaders and their script writers is story upon story. INDEED, WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS LIKENED TO THE JOKEY STYLE OF CHARLEY BOY, TAGGED CHARLEY BOY SHOW.

God have mercy. this is part

God have mercy. this is part of signs of end of time, be ready to meet yr Creator anyhow.

God have mercy. this is part

God have mercy. this is part of signs of end of time, be ready to meet yr Creator anyhow.

others should learn from this

with this crash pilots,drivers and others should learn not to move wen the vehicle is no good no matter wat d boss says. it is beta to loose your job than to loose your life and others.

Abeg the leaders of nigeria pls ooh

Gov't na woo...goverment make who na fine solution to the families

You re a good person and l

You re a good person and l like how you think. God bless you.

Why do you lead my brother.

Why do you lead my brother.

"A search and rescue team

"A search and rescue team member said the operations are impeded because they lack the necessary equipment to move the fuselage of the plane for proper accident investigation" If they lack necessary equipment to salvage, it is obvious they would also lack the necessary facilities to conduct "proper investigation" we have been promised. It would have been comical if this is all about another planet but this is Nigeria. It is real tragedy for us that have no other place to call home except here

Let us pray

MY dear brothers and sisters NIGERIANS.
Do we truly believe that we have our
MERCIFUL GOD?
EVER LISTENING GOD?
Is it that we no longer have confident in HIM that if we keep on praying for HIS divine salvation HE will not answer us.
Or we know that because of our hatred for one another,
Or the ugly, inhuman and barbaric atrocities we indulge in,
Or the refusal/denial of Cristal clear truth just because it is not from some one of MY RELIGION, MY LANGUAGE, MY REGION, MY ETHNIC, MY TRIBE, MY STATE, MY LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MY PARTY etc
that we are not fit to even pray to HIM.
Surely my people we do not expect GOD to have mercy on us while we can have mercy on HIS creatures.
MAY THE BENEFICENT THE MERCIFUL forgive and protect us not because of our actions.

GEJ...BE PROACTIVE, AND NOT REACTIVE

This govt is a tragedy.

Each time something happens,GEJ goes to town with one official statement or the other.

What does this benefit the families of those that died in the crash?

Earlier in the day, worshippers in Bauchi were attacked by a suicide bomber with 15 people dead. Since the last 7 days, around Lagos-Ibadan express, close to a hundred travellers lost their lives to one taker explosion or the other.

Yet GEJ is yet to learn about being proactive. When would you stop being reactive?

We're waiting for your next reactive statement!!!

QUENCHING AIRCRAFT FIRE WITH PURE WATER

Nothing could be so tragic as losing loved ones. But reading about the manner the crash was handled makes one think one has a wrong country of birth.

Did anyone read about the 1st set of rescuers who said for 20 minutes they were using pure water to put off the fire? And by that time the plane had not exploded!

What a country!!!

Take the Capital back to Lagos

It is saddened to hear about these Plane Crashes in my country, Nigeria, especially this one of June 3rd, 2012 !!!!. Why does this happen all the time? Why did they have to transfer Capital to Abuja? Why do you have to sacrifice lives to sustain Abuja?

Take the Capital back to Lagos

It is saddened to hear about these Plane Crashes in my country, Nigeria, especially this one of June 3rd, 2012 !!!!. Why does this happen all the time? Why did they have to transfer Capital to Abuja? Why do you have to sacrifice lives to sustain Abuja? Why bloodshed of innocent people? Why all the infrastructures of Nigeria Government do not work? Why do we, NIGERIANS have to suffer in our own country? GOD where are you? Arise and fight for us against fraudsters in Government and Politics. PLEASE,PLEASE GOD. ARISE, ARISE, CLEAN ALL THE PEOPLE FROM OUR GOVERNMENT.

God Bless you for this poem

THANK YOU FOR THIS POEM. WE NEED TO READ THIS ALL THE TIME;

It is saddened to hear about these Plane Crashes in my country, Nigeria, especially this one of June 3rd, 2012 !!!!. Why does this happen all the time? Why did they have to transfer Capital to Abuja? Why do you have to sacrifice lives to sustain Abuja? Why bloodshed of innocent people? Why all the infrastructures of Nigeria Government do not work? Why do we, NIGERIANS have to suffer in our own country? GOD where are you? Arise and fight for us against fraudsters in Government and Politics. PLEASE,PLEASE GOD. ARISE, ARISE, CLEAN ALL THE PEOPLE FROM OUR GOVERNMENT.

Shameful. This will impact the economy

Do you know the impact of this crash to the aviation industry and the economy of this nation? Find out facts and economic related issues at www.nigerianpro.com/news

The box

Dear sahara team, pls lets not start looking into wat d president is saying. The cos of d crash can b best known thru d BLACK BOX. Of d plane, wat ar d security personnel saying about it or how will going to start looking for it in our bedrooms and our water tanks? I cant be tired of this country, bcos its mine @ change most come;-(;-(;-(. My greetings goes @ to d families dat hav lost thier love once in this BLACK SUNDAY, may d souls of their departed love once R.I.P. (plane & bomb)

Fire fighting with bucket and water

Wonders will never end. I could not believe my eyes watching a video on Aljazeera TV showing Nigeria fire service fighting blazing Dana Airways with bucket and water. Compare that with videos of fire fighting in poor and war ravaged places like Gaza, Aftghanistan, and Yemen and you can't help wondering what God was thinking when he created Nigerian politicians and leaders. Praying is no longer enough. Stop disturbing God with things you can do for yourself. He has enough on his plate. Join the debate. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Israel-Nonyerem-Davidson/305920941685

the average nigerian is a

the average nigerian is a very stupid idiot, including myself

Pray Nigeria

The system have failed. Lets us pray to God for his mercy!

when will this kind of thing

when will this kind of thing stop in Nigeria. We rarely care for human lifes. There is nothing about safety, all we care about is to stake money in foreign account. Bad roads, bad Airport facilities, can you imagine Murtala airport with no security lights, poor emergency response system, the list goes on. Please those in the place of Authorithy should brace up to their responsibilities because if you think you are spared, someone close to you can be a victim u can never tell. let all these coruption stop, we live and have gone Abroad and we have seen how things are done. Lets us copy and implement what we have seen, not to stake away money to buy mansions in London, visit hospitals abroad when we are sick for medical check-up. Shame on us, lets wake up.For those that have lost their love ones may God almighty grant them the heart to bear the lost. I pray for a new Nigeria.

It is really disheartening to

It is really disheartening to observe that after all these years and all the monies that has gone into provision of better rescue and safety equipments, Nigeria agencies responsible for handling rescue operations in this country still seem helpless in the face of such national catastrophe .how do they then explain their unpreparedness to handle tthe situation at hand after the pilot of the ill fated Dana plane has made a distrs call .again corruption has so eaten deep into the marrows of our government workers that the plane must have been given the go ahead to fly when it should not,going by what people who had flown in the same pane previously said this plane had had problems in the past. May god save us all.

It's All Down to Corruption

Corruption engulfs an individual, blinds their sense of logic and makes them equal to animals with no morals. It creates a vacuum in positive infrastructure development and in good governance. Corruption is a cancker worm that eats up those who are afflicted by it and those who run our systems in goverment. As long as we as a nation are bedeviled with this cancker worm,our public H&S issues will always be compromised on platter of 'bribes' from erring money-bag executives to our supervisory and regulatory authorities to look the other way in an event of public Health and Safety issues. It's sad that GEJ is not seen to be taking the issue of corruption in his goverment any serious.

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