Dana Air flight 9J-992: update
A couple of updates:
- The names of the 153 people (7 crew and 146 passengers) on board were released yesterday evening. About 80 bodies had been pulled out of the crash site by around 12.30 pm, today.
- At the moment, at least sixteen people are reported to have died on the ground, while some others are being treated for injuries.
- The captain was an American citizen, the first officer an Indian, and the engineer that released the aircraft was from Indonesia.
- Reportedly, the pilot declared emergency reporting the failure of both engines shortly before the crash, but nothing more is known about the reasons for the crash.
- Search and rescue teams found what they believed to be the plane’s black box flight recorder and handed it over to police.
- BBC’s latest video report. The suggestion that the crashed aircraft made an emergency landing last month is wrong – that was a different aircraft (5N-SRI).
- AP’s images of today and yesterday.
- Although questions have been raised in the past over Dana Air’s maintenance policy, it’s to early to jump to conclusions on the causes of the crash. In general, the airline was regarded as one of the more reliable airlines in Nigeria.
- The authorities need to prove their sincerity by enabling a thorough investigation by the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau, without the interference of third parties as happened in the case of the 2006 ADC crash (of which the final report is yet to be released).
- Dana Air has set up a call centre to respond to enquiries on the crash: 01-2809888 and 07003593262. See also the NCAA website with information.
- Dana Air has suspended all its operations:
The Dana Air family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the passengers and crew of Flight 9J-992 of Sunday, June 3, 2012. The aircraft, with Registration Number 5N-RAM, departed Abuja for Lagos with 146 passengers onboard. 1 Dana Air Flight Engineer, 2 Pilots and 4 Cabin Crew were also aboard the flight.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time. A 24hr Call Centre service has been initiated and we have also set up an information center at MMA2 to look after their needs and keep them as quickly informed as possible.
An investigation into the cause of the accident got under way immediately, under the guidance of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who are being assisted by investigators from the U.S. National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB). Dana Air is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
In accordance with international protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all information about the investigation will come from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Dana Air will however provide information relating to the flight itself and updates on steps being taken.
Once again, we at Dana Air extend our profoundest condolences. Jacky Hathiramani, Chief Executive Officer
- The aircraft was ‘in perfect condition‘ according to a Dana Air spokesman, denying the accusation that it had developed a technical problem at Calabar while operating an early Sunday morning flight.