Nigeria Air Crash: Nine families get part payment of compensation

By IndepthAfrica
In News
Jul 4th, 2012

Firefighters work on June 3, 2012 at the scene of the crash of a Dana Airline plane that plunged onto a plot containing a church, a two-storey residential building and a printing shop in Lagos. The plane carrying 153 people from Abuja to Lagos plunged into the Toyin residential area of the Iju Ishaga neighborhood of Nigeria’s largest city, with all those aboard feared dead, an inferno igniting at the scene and buildings badly damaged. Besides the passengers feared dead, a number of others on the ground were also believed killed. An emergency official said around 10 burnt bodies had been removed from a damaged building and were thought to be separate from passengers. President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning for victims of the horrific crash and pledged an investigation as rescuers rushed to pull out survivors from the neighbourhood near the airport. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL AREWA

Dana Air on Wednesday said that it has started compensating families of those who died when one of its planes crashed a month ago, with each family expected to get $100,000.

The Dana Air plane crashed June 3 in Iju Ishaga area of Lagos State, killing all 153 people onboard and more than six people on the ground.

Spokesman for the airline, Tony Usidamen said that nine families had received deposit payments of $30,000 so far, and will later get $70,000 more.
He said 67 other claims are currently being processed.

The Federal Government grounded the airline after the crash, and the cause of the disaster is still unknown.

Mr Usidamen said the airline is “not thinking about flying now; we are more concerned about the accident victims’ families.”

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