Plane crash: 98% of DNA samples has been flown to the UK for testing

By Oyise Oghene

Dana Air has said that it has successfully collected about 98% of DNA samples from victims of the June 3rd plane crash that killed all 153 passengers aboard in Iju-Shaga area of Lagos and dispatched to a UK laboratory for testing.

Disclosing this development to newsmen in a statement, Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Tony Usidamen noted that the airline was committed towards ensuring that it would offer every form of assistance required by the overseas laboratory to ensure that the process was completed as soon as possible, so that the families of the deceased could lay their loved ones to rest.

“As per last update on Friday, 22nd June, 98% of DNA samples had been successfully collected and dispatched to a UK laboratory for testing.Insurance and contact with the families of the victims” he said.

Mr. Usidamen however debunked the report that most of Dana Air’s expatriate staff have left the company’s employment since the accident adding that they were even involved in assisting the airline to meet with the families of the deceased.

“Dana Air would like to respond to media coverage suggesting that expatriate staff of the airline have left the company’s employment since the accident. Of the over 450 staff of the airline, most of whom are Nigerians, not one has left the company’s employment. Dana Air is committed to finding out the cause of the unfortunate accident and some of our expatriate staff are among the airline’s officials currently assisting the investigating authorities in this regard. All Dana Air staff are voluntarily assisting in one way or the other, especially with respect to visiting the affected families and providing information on processing of insurance claims” he added.

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