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Dana management contacted 118 families of crash victims

27 June 2012, 15:29

Lagos - DANA Airline spokesman, Mr Tony Usidamen, said on Wednesday in Lagos that its management has made direct contact with 118 families of the victims involved in the crash of June 3.

Usidamen added that nine embassies had also been contacted for the foreign victims.

It would be recalled that DANA Airline plane crashed into residential buildings at Iju-Isaga, Lagos, on June 3, killing all the 153 passengers on board, as well as some residents of the buildings.

He said that the families and embassies have been sent letters of condolence and insurance documents, which would facilitate the payment of their compensation.

Usidamen disclosed that as at June 25, the company had received completed insurance forms for 34 of the victims, "two of which are members of staff".

The spokesman said that investigations into the cause of the accident was still ongoing, adding that management would continue to offer assistance to the investigating authorities.  

``DANA Air shares in the pains of the affected families and continues to offer every form of assistance required by the hospital authorities and overseas laboratories.

``We shall ensure the process is completed as soon as possible, so that the families can lay their loved ones to rest", he said.

He added that 98 per cent of DNA samples had been successfully collected and dispatched to a UK laboratory for testing.

Usidamen debunked rumours that expatriate members of staff of the airline had left the company’s employment since the accident.

``Of the over 450 staffs of the airline, most of whom are Nigerians, not one has left the company's employment,`` he said.

According to him, some of the expatriate members of staff are among the airline’s officials currently assisting the investigating authorities on the crash.

``All DANA Air staffs are voluntarily assisting in one way or the other, especially with respect to visiting the affected families and providing information on processing of insurance claims, `` he said.



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