Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and families of the Dana plane crash victims, yesterday, demanded that details of what led to the June 3rd, 2012 crash of Dana Airline at Iju-Ishaga, a Lagos suburb, killing 153 passengers onboard and 10 residents of the affected buildings, be made public in the interest of transparency.
They also demanded for a comprehensive reform of the country’s aviation sector as part of measures to avert future disasters in the country. Fashola and the families made the demand during a two-hour meeting held at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
Speaking after the meeting, the governor said the authorities concerned should seize the opportunity the plane crash offered to reform the aviation sector.
He said: “More than 100 days after the crash, at least nine of the victims are yet to be identified by their relatives.” According to him, autopsy had been carried out on 141 bodies so far, 89 of them had been collected while nine are yet to be identified.
Speaking on the wishes of the families, Fashola explained: “They said they did not want mass burial, they insisted on scientific identification, saying they wished to go and bury their loved ones. All these and more we have granted them.
“We have successfully conducted 94 per cent identification, we have released 89 bodies and issued the death certificates. 51 bodies are yet to be collected.”
According to him, “nine of the victims deposited in care of the state government are yet to be identified. Five families have made their samples ready and we have sent those samples overseas for proper DNA test.”