Families of victims of the 2012 Dana plane crash, which claimed the lives of 153 passengers, are demanding the immediate release of the final report on the crash by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the crash.
Chairman of the Families of the Victims, Mr Paul Okwulehie, also appealed to the federal government to compel the management of Dana Air to complete the payment of compensation to the affected families.
The group, which announced the establishment of a Safer Sky Foundation, further stressed the need for the federal government through its regulatory agencies to ensure that only air-worthy air crafts are allowed to operate in the nation’s airspace.
A Mcdonnell Douglas MD-83 operating as flight 992 crashed into a two-storey building at Iju railway, Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos.
All 153 people on board the aircraft were killed. Following the crash, all flights by Dana Air were halted by Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority.
But, the airline’s licence was restored in September 2012, before the inquiry into the accident was concluded.
However, the airline was re-suspended six months after it was allowed to restart operations, before it resumed operations again.
Cenotaphs were unveiled in Abuja and Lagos to honour victims of the crash.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared a three-day period of national mourning for all those who lost their lives in the Dana plane crash in Lagos today.
According to a statement released from the State House, the President cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow and has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.
Meanwhile, the President has ordered the fullest possible investigation into the crash.
In compliance with the President’s directive, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee investigations and present an interim report to the Federal Government as quickly as possible.
The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.
The President however assured air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.
He prayed that God should grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.