Lagos - Nigeria's Minister of Aviation ordered Dana Air to pay more than $16 million compensation to families of victims who died in last year's air crash in Lagos. The airline risks sanctions from government if they do not pay up.
Minister Stella Oduah gave management of Dana Air up to December to pay compensations to the families of the 163 victims.
She said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was effectively monitoring the issue of payment.
"No effort would be spared in ensuring that justice is done to the victims’ families," said Oduah.
As stipulated by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Act, Dana Air was expected to pay the sum of $100 000 each to the victims who lost their lives starting with the initial payment of $30 000 of the total sum, while $70 000 was meant to paid after full verification.
Odua, however, said the issue of multiple claims by some of the victims’ families have contributed in the delay of paying compensations as required by law.
On June 3 last year, the MD-83 aircraft crashed into a furniture works and printing press building in the Iju-Ishaga neighbourhood of Lagos.
The crash, believed to have been caused by dual engine failure and subsequent forced landing, resulted in the deaths of all 153 people on board and ten more on the ground.
The incident, which had the highest amount of aviation fatalities in 2012, is the deadliest involving an MD-83.
- CAJ News