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LASUTH To Carry Out Autopsies On Plane Crash Victims Tomorrow

Saharareporters has been informed that doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) are to carry out autopsies on the remains of those who died in yesterday’s crash of an Embraer aircraft shortly after take-off from Lagos. The aircraft, registered to Associated Airline, was carrying close to thirty people as well a casket containing the body of former Governor Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State. The Akure-bound flight ended in disaster when the plane went down near a fuel dump at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, killing most of its passengers.

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Saharareporters has been informed that doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) are to carry out autopsies on the remains of those who died in yesterday’s crash of an Embraer aircraft shortly after take-off from Lagos. The aircraft, registered to Associated Airline, was carrying close to thirty people as well a casket containing the body of former Governor Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State. The Akure-bound flight ended in disaster when the plane went down near a fuel dump at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, killing most of its passengers.

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A source at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital told our correspondent that pathologists at the hospital would carry out autopsies on the recovered bodies today. He also disclosed that the process to obtain DNA swaps from relatives of the dead victims would take place on Saturday in order to enable the hospital to identify some of the bodies that were burnt beyond recognition. The source disclosed that thirteen bodies had been deposited in a morgue while the survivors were being treated at the accident emergency unit of the hospital. Our correspondent also confirmed that the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) had recovered the aircraft’s Black Box which should assist in revealing the cause of the crash. The ill-fated Associated Airline aircraft was chartered to carry the casket of the former Ondo State governor as well as some of his relatives and government officials detailed to accompany his remains to the Ondo State capital of Akure. But the plane went down about 9.30 a.m. shortly after take-off.
 
The crash happened a year and four months after a passenger aircraft belonging to Dana Airways crashed in Iju-Ishaga, a densely populated suburb of Lagos State on June 3, 2012. All passengers on board the Dana flight, including the captain and crew, died in the crash.
 
The AIB, which obtained the black box and parts of the crashed plane, later told a coroner’s inquest that the bureau had collected enough evidence to determine the cause of the crash. However, the inquest never arrived at a conclusive finding on the cause of the Dana crash. An official of the Ondo State government told SaharaReporters yesterday that no decision had been taken as to new plans for the internment of former Governor Agagu. “As you know, we have to address the issue of those who died, and they included staff of the funeral company that was arranging the whole funeral for the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu,” the source said.