Levi Ajuonuma,152 other Nigerians perish as Dana Airplane crashes in Lagos


The late Dr. Levi Ajuonuma

LAGOS-The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Levi Ajuonuma, and 152 other Nigerians perished in a fatal plane accident in Lagos on Sunday.

The plane which left the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja at about 2:55 pm local time had on board 3 Generals of the Nigeria Army, the first son of the nation’s former Vice President who died last year, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu  and some other Government officials.

The Aircraft said to belong to a domestic Airliner, Dana Airline is rumored to have been faulty for over sometime as it experienced landing gear problems in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom state capital, south-south Nigeria a few weeks ago, even as technical defaults were observed by passengers on board the same Aircraft from Abuja to Lagos on the 27th of May.

Another factor to the report has it that the ill-fated aircraft had communicated the control tower that it is short of gas and would seek emergency landing permission which was not granted before it disappeared from the radar.

Several angry and bewildered Nigerians who spoke to Biztellers on the development however asked that every one involved in clearing the Aircraft for take-off as well as every body responsible for managing its emergency landing be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to future managers of the nation’s avaition sector.

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, while speaking with newsmen in Lagos said that the Aircraft had made an emergency call shortly before disappearing out of the radar.

“At about 3:43 pm local Dana Air flight 0992 from Abuja to Lagos declared an emergency at the Lagos control towers at 11 nautical miles to Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, A minute it later disappeared from the control radar with 153 people on board.

The Federal Government will ensure that the accident is thoroughly investigated to determine the exact cause of the accident in other to prevent a future occurrence”.

All passengers on board the Aircraft have been confirmed dead as at press time.

 


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