Lagos - Associated Airlines has started the payment of compensation to
families of victims of its chartered aircraft which crashed on October.
Sam Adurogboye, Deputy General Manager of the Nigerian Civil Aviation
Authority (NCAA) told newsmen in Lagos that nine beneficiaries had been paid,
while 13 had their claims prepared, awaiting payment.
He also announced that four had payment issues to resolve, while three
were absent at the occasion.
Adurogboye noted that $30 000 was paid to each of the beneficiaries, in the
presence of some NCAA officials.
An Embraer 120 aircraft marked 5NBJY belonging to the airline, crashed
immediately after take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos on October.
The plane crashed while conveying the body of former Ondo State Governor, Dr
Olusegun Agagu, from the domestic wing of the airport.
Sixteen of the 20 people on board the plane, including the then Ondo
State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Deji Falae and Tunji Okusanya,
chairman and chief executive officer of MIC Caskets, a company of
undertakers, died in the crash.
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