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Dana Air Plane crashes in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos…Newsfeeds

[LEADERSHIP] It had less than three minutes to make it to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, but the Dana Airline flight from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, with 153 passengers on board could not make it.

It crashed into residential buildings at Olaniyi Street, Iju, a suburb of Lagos, killing more than 30 others on the ground.

The Dana airplane came down at exactly 3.45pm. The plane which obviously had problem in the air tried unsuccessfully to make it but crashed into a church, Mountain of Fire, and a two-storey building.

The impact of the crash on the building led to a massive fire which prevented immediate rescue operations.

Some of those who lost their lives include a northern elder and a retired federal permanent secretary under General Yakubu Gowon and Murtala Muhammed’s government, Alhaji Ibrahim Damcida;  the spokesman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Levi Ajuonuma; a director of Mainstreet Bank, Shehu Sa’ad; Ehimie Aikhomu, Professor Celestine Onwuliri, the husband of the minister of state for foreign affairs, Prof Viola Onwuliri and a family of seven, among others.

It was also alleged that the ill-fated Dana plane had been under repair for several weeks and the airline’s station manager protested its use, but the Indian management was said to have insisted it should fly.

The aircraft must have sent distress signals to the airport as its fire fighters from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were the first to arrive the scene 30 minutes after the plane went down.

A police chopper was the first to locate the scene of the crash a few minutes after it happened, which facilitated quick mobilisation of fire fighters to the scene.

The fire was eventually put out at about 6.35pm before rescue efforts could begin. As at the time LEADERSHIP left the area, three dead bodies of residents of the two-storey building had been pulled out of the rubble while the plane itself created a deep crater at the church.

About 15 people were said to be inside the church building holding a meeting when the plane went down.

The plane, which flew dangerously for more than five minutes, pulled down a mango tree and an electric pole. “We thank God that it did not hit our house,” says Angela Umoru, an eyewitness.

Speaking on the disaster, the director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Harold Denuren, said the flight was heading from Abuja to Lagos, the capital. He further said, “I don’t believe there are any survivors.”

In August 2010, the US announced it had given Nigeria the FAA’s Category 1 status, its top safety rating that allows the nation’s domestic carriers to fly directly to the US.

This latest incident came after another plane crash on Saturday night in Accra, capital of the nearby West African nation of Ghana, which saw a cargo plane overshoot a runway and hit a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people.

The Allied Air cargo plane had departed from Lagos and was to land in Accra.

Ill-fated aircraft had escaped crash before

The Dana aircraft which killed all 153 passengers and crew members on board and several other people on the ground is said to have narrowly escaped a crash in the last couple of weeks before yesterday’s fatal accident.

LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that the aircraft, Dana Air MD-83 5-RAM, was formerly an Alaska Airline plane built in 1990.

The reports have it that the crashed plane was the same one that had a landing gear problem in Uyo a couple of weeks back.

The aircraft also reportedly developed hydraulic problem midair and had to make emergency landing three weeks ago in Lagos.

The manufacturers of the MD aircraft are said to have stopped producing it and are in the process of phasing it out.

Jonathan declares 3-day mourning

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared a three-day period of national mourning for all those who lost their lives in the Dana plane crash in Lagos.

He also ordered a full-scale investigation into the remote and secondary cause of the crash.

Accordingly, Jonathan, who has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for today, has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.

A statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, also noted that, in compliance with the president’s directive, “the minister of aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report to the federal government as quickly as possible”.

The president, while mourning those who died in the crash, prayed God to grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP last night reads in part: “The president joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.”

Lagos State governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola has condoled with the families of victims of the air crash.

Governor Fashola, in a statement signed by his special adviser on media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, also expressed shock at the incident which, reportedly, occurred as the aircraft approached the vicinity of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.

The governor expressed deep sorrow that the expectations of the families to welcome their loved ones at the end of the journey was cut short in such an abrupt and unexpected manner, adding that the experience could be traumatic.

Shekarau is alive, not involved in the crash

Rumours circulating in the social media claiming that former governor of Kano State and ANPP’s presidential candidate in last year’s presidential election, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau (Sardaunan Kano), had died in the Dana Air crash yesterday are false, a member of Sardaunan Kano Media Committee, Malam Gali Sadiq, has assured.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP yesterday’s night, Gali dispelled the rumour, saying: “Malam Shekarau spent the whole of yesterday attending weddings and chairing meetings, and did not venture out of Kano State, not to talk of travelling to Lagos.”


Nigeria’s intelligence community is keeping in focus possible acts of terrorism in its investigation of the commercial airplane that crashed in Lagos Sunday killing all 153 passengers and six crew members on board.

THISDAY security source said that while awaiting the details from aviation experts on the possible cause of the crash, intelligence touch is beaming on terrorism act as well as sabotage arising from other variables.

This dimension according to intelligence source has become inevitable because of the security situation in the country especially coming about 72 hours after operatives discovered a hideout in Kano believed to have Al Qaeda operatives and where a German hostage was brutally murdered.

“In a situation like this, we are looking into all options, the security situation in the country makes that imperative but for now no clue” intelligence source told THISDAY last night.

Also added to curiosity on the cause of the aircraft is the fantastic safety record Dana airline, the owners of the aircraft enjoyed before the crash plus the fine whether reported in Lagos area at the time of the incident.

THISDAY learnt that officials of the airport traffic control in both Abuja and Lagos have been interrogated to get the initial chat with the pilot before the crash.

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Pre Departure Manifest Click here to view

#DanaAir,#Lagosplanecrash: The Dana manifest …Amina Doris, Elizabeth Adaeze,Ajala Adenike,Adekunbi Adebiyi

#DanaAir,#Lagosplanecrash:Names on the manifest:Agu Rogers,Tatokin Anjola, Tatokin Idris Abdulrasat Lawa,Abitayo Olatoci, Adekoya Ayoola…

GEJ declares 3-day mourning | Daily Times Nigeria: http://bit.ly/MaeiXN

#DanaAir, #Lagosplanecrash: More names on the manifest: Aladi Martins, Auta Jennifer,Auta Josephine,Ike Achonogor,Joy Alison,John Ahmadu,

The Dana manifest: Rev. Ayodeji Cole, Ngozi, Noah Anyene, Ailendi Ehi, Shehu Saad Usman, Oluwasegun F. Abiodun, #DanaAir, #Lagosplanecrash

#DanaAir, #Lagosplanecrash: 3 generals are said to on board the crashed Dana airplane.

See 30 out of the 150 names on the Dana Airline manifest: #DanaAir, #Lagosplanecrash: Onyeka Anyiene, Humra Lawal, Manuma. Ayune, Berki

@vanguardngrnews#DanaAir, #Lagosplanecrash: More names on the manifest: Sumyindadi, Ebuka Enuma, Oluchi Onyia, Sunday O, George Moses,Ogechi Njoku, Nsa

More names on the manifest: Anyere,Kasmisgona Anyene,Stanford Obrutse,Kayinetochi Anyene,Okeke Hope, Kaima Anyene,

@Gidi_Traffic The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed that there are no survivors.”

@ekenegold: Dana Airline crash: Sad,so sad.RIP Levi Ajuonuma, Ibrahim Shekarau and Augustus Aikhomou’s widow.

UPDATE: Crew declared May Day, an emergency announcement in the aviation industry, some 11 nautical miles to Lagos http://premiumtimesng.com/news/5413-153-passengers-die-Dana-Air-crash-Lagos.html

Dana aircraft crash: Eyewitnesses report one survivor http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164097:dana-aircraft-eyewitnesses-report-one-survivor&catid=2:lead-stories&Itemid=8

Eyewitnesses have told Daily Trust that a young girl was pulled out of the wreckage of the Dana aircraft that crashed in Lagos alive.

A commercial aircraft belonging to Dana Air heading to Abuja on a local flight crashed in densely populated residential area in the Iju/Shaga area of Lagos less than five minutes from Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos.

Several eyewitnesses, including a rescue worker, confirmed the story of the young survivor. Though her nationality and other details about her are not yet known, the eye witnesses said she was white. She was also said to have been badly wounded and was immediately rushed off for medical attention.

Initial reports quoting the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority said it was unlikely any of the 153 passengers on board had survived the crash. There are also believed to be some casualties on the ground. The two-storey building that the plane crashed into reportedly accommodates a church.

“It was a Dana (airline) flight out of (the capital) Abuja to Lagos with about 153 people on board,” Harold Demuren, head of NCAA said. “I don’t believe there are any survivors.”

The crowd around the crash site are also becoming agitated and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the security agents around the site to maintain the security cordon they had set up to keep the crowd from the site.

Earlier, a spokesman for Nigerian airline Dana confirmed one of its planes had crashed but could not immediately provide further details.

“I can confirm that one of our planes crashed today on the outskirts of Lagos,” Tony Usidamen told AFP.

“We lost communication with the aircraft. We are going to issue an official statement.”

More details soon…

@AviationSafety: With 153 fatalities the Dana Air crash in Lagos wuld be Nigeria’s 3rd worst and the world’s 66th worst aircraft accident

Corpses of passengers are being removed from crashed plane by rescue officals

@LeadershipNGA: NEWS UPDATE: Director Of Mainstreet Bank, Shehu Sa’ad Onboard Dana Aircraft …

UPDATE: We have just been told that the Group General Manager, Public Affairs, NNPC, Levi Ajuonuma, was on the plane http://premiumtimesng.com/news/5413-153-passengers-die-Dana-Air-crash-Lagos.html

FLASH:- News reaching me says Gen Aikhomu’s first son was on Dana airline.

NEWS UPDATE: Northern Elder, Ibrahim Damcida Killed In Dana Air Crash

@Gidi_Traffic#REPORT @Jyde_chelseafc_: Just left the crash site..and people should really stop putting up fake pics of dead people… I saw no bodies..

[Aljazeera] A passenger plane has crashed into a two-storey building in Nigeria’s densely populated economic capital Lagos.

Local media put the toll at 147, with deaths both among passengers and on the ground.

Femi Oke-Osanyinpolu, Lagos state emergency state manager, said on Sunday that casualty numbers are unknown.

Harold Denuren, head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, confirmed the crash. He said the Dana Air flight was heading from Lagos to Abuja in Nigeria. “I don’t believe there are any survivors.”

Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Abjua, said people on the ground in Lagos believe it may have hit a power line, and crashed into a building. She said there are pictures on the internet of huge plumes of smoke across the Lagos skyline.

“NEMA (the National Emergency Management Agency) has been alerted to an air crash in the Ishaga area of Agege, Lagos,” NEMA spokesman Yushua Shuaib said.

Witnesses said they saw the plane strike a building and burst into flames.

The weather in Lagos on Sunday was clear and sunny.

Lagos’ international airport is a major hub for West Africa and saw 2.3 million passengers pass through it in 2009, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

In August 2010, the US announced it had given Nigeria the FAA’s Category 1 status, its top safety rating that allows the nation’s domestic carriers to fly directly to the US.

The Nigerian government said it also now has full radar coverage of the entire nation. However, in a nation where the state-run electricity company is in tatters, state power and diesel generators sometimes both fail at airports, making radar screens go blank. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/06/20126315420678422.html

A plane belonging to Dana Airlines has just crashed at the Iju/Ishaga area of Lagos a few minutes ago (Olaniyi street, off Toyin Iju Ishaga, Agege).

The plane was carrying 153 passengers and was coming from Abuja. Eye witnesses say the plane crashed into houses and human beings are burning at the scene of the crash.

More details coming soon…

Via Linda Ikeji View original article here

THISDAYLIVE: A Dana Airways plane with 153 passengers and crew on board has crashed in a residential area in the Iju-Ishaga Alagbado area of Lagos on Sunday afternoon.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed that there are no survivors.

The flight was said to have been on its way from Abuja to the Murtala Airport, Lagos when it went down in the residential area. http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dana-airways-plane-crashes-in-lagos/117207/?utm_medium=twitter

NAIJAPUNDIT: A state official says a passenger plane has crashed into a two-story building in Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos.

Femi Oke-Osanyinpolu, Lagos state emergency state manager, said Sunday that casualty numbers are unknown.

Harold Denuren, head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, confirmed the crash.

He said the Dana Air flight was heading from Lagos to Abuja in Nigeria. He said federal authorities were on their way to the site of the crash.

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14 thoughts on “Dana Air Plane crashes in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos…Newsfeeds

  1. God av mercy

    Posted by ogiogwa eunice | June 3, 2012, 5:45 pm

    Posted by Chidiebere Aloka | June 3, 2012, 6:02 pm
  3. God pls save us in dis country *Nigeria*…

    Posted by Tcool | June 3, 2012, 6:11 pm
  4. im sincerely very very sad 4ds fatal plane crash.im even more devasteted that i lost my gud friend in d person of levi ajuonuma.may hs gentje soul rest in perfect peace amen.

    Posted by nonso orizu | June 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Posted by JENNIFER ONWUEKWE | June 3, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Posted by KANSI CHARISMA ONWUEKWE | June 3, 2012, 9:52 pm
  7. What a pity i cry when i had d incident

    Posted by Anjorin bose | June 13, 2012, 6:18 pm
  8. At this point we only ask that the good Lord will come to our rescue and show mercy on Nigeria as a country and may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

    Posted by OKEKE TOBEST | June 26, 2012, 1:22 am


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