Rescue officials recover 137 bodies from scene of Dana plane crash

Rescue officials recover 137 bodies from scene of Dana plane crash

Rescue officials on Monday said they had recovered 137 bodies from the wreckage of the dana aircraft that crashed on Sunday in Iju Ishaga, lagos.
The aircraft, which was on a flight from Abuja to Lagos, lost its two engines 11 minutes from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and crashed into a two-storey residential building and some other structures.
All 153 passengers and crew were presumed dead in the crash.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, told newsmen at the scene of the crash that rescue officials recovered 109 bodies from the wreckage of the aircraft.
Oke-Osanyintolu told journalists at the scene of the crash that 25 of the bodies were still intact while the remaining ones were burnt beyond recognition.
He said that DNA tests on the corpses had been started by the Lagos State Ministry of Health to ascertain the identities of the burnt persons.
The general manager said that 15 families displaced by the crash had been taken to the state relief camp at Agbowa-Ikosi in Epe, Lagos State.
He also said that counselling centres had been established by the state government for the bereaved families.
“The major challenge we had yesterday was crowd control which hindered our gaining access to the scene but with the presence of security personnel, the evacuation has been easy.
“It is a national disaster; we urge the people to stay away to avoid more danger as the affected buildings will be pulled down.
“The place has to be epidemic-free as it is a residential area,” he said.
On Monday evening, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaibu, said the agency’s Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Alexander Bankole, announced the suspension of operation till Tuesday morning.
He said the decision was taken after the corpse of a woman clutching a baby was recovered.
They were suspected to be residents.
He stated that as at Monday evening, 137 bodies had been removed from the crash site and taken to the mortuary.
Meanwhile rescue officials recovered the black box and tail of the plane on Monday.
They also searched through the affected buildings for bodies.
They succeeded in pulling out some corpses, which were transferred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos.
Rescue officials also prevented relations of victims from gaining access to the area, advising them instead to go to LASUTH to properly identify and collect the corpses of their relations.
President Goodluck Jonathan; Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola; and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, visited the site on Monday.
Jonathan pledged that his administration would put an end to air crashes in the country.
He said Sunday’s crash was a dent on the efforts of his administration to ensure the safety of air travel in Nigeria.
Fashola, who visited the site at 7am before returning in Jonathan’s convoy, rescued three children, whose parents are presumed to have been killed when the plane struck their flat.
During his first visit to the site, Fashola was informed that the children had been roaming about since Sunday night, in search of their parents.
he then took them along with him back to the Lagos House in Marina.