A Sad Time For Nigeria: Mourning The Death Of 153 People On Board Dana Air Plane Crash

Dana, one of Nigeria&#39s most trusted commercial airline carrying 153 people on board crashed late Sunday afternoon 3rd June in a village around Iju-Ishaga, Agbado in Lagos State, a day that is now referred to as “Black Sunday” for all Nigerians.



The plane was on its way to Lagos from Abuja when it went down in a residential area and landed on a building. It was a full flight with 153 passengers including crew, we are however not sure at this time if people living in the said building and environs died.



The deceased in the ill fated plane crash include Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NNPC, Mr. Levi Ajuonuma who was traveling to Lagos for an official assignment. Also onboard was businessman Innocent Okoye, who alongside Ehimen Aikhomu, a son of the late Admiral Augustus Aikhomuhad gone to Abuja to attend the 40th birthday party of a family friend.


Late Mr. Levi Ajuonuma Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs, NNPC


According to a release by the permanent secretary in the federal ministry of aviation, Mrs. Anne EneIta, the list of people dead in the said crash include:


Onyeka Anyene; Hurria Lawal; Maimuna Anyene; Bakisumiadi Yindadi; Ebuka Enuma; Oluchi Onyeyiri; Sunday Enuma; George Moses; Ogechi Njoku; Noah Anyene; Kamsiyona Anyene; Stanford Obrutse; Kaiyenotochi Anyene; Okeke Hope; Rev. Ayodeji Cole; Ngozi Cole; Noah Anyene; Ailende Ehi; Oluwasegun Funmi Abiodun; Shehu Sahad Usman; Alade Martins; Onita Jennifer; Onita Josephine; Ike Ochonogo; Joy Alison; John Ahmadu; Akowe Fatokun Anjola; Fatokun Olaoluwa; Fatokun Ibukun; Buhari Maikudi; Amina Idris Bugaje; Ajani Adenle; Ike Abugu; Adijolola Abraham; Obot Emmanuel; Otegbeye Hadiza; Ehioghae Sunny; Onwuriri Celestine; Abikalio Otatoru; Noris Kim; Eyo Bassey; Njoku Charles; Anibaba Tosin; Okocha Christopher; Sobowale Femi; and Phillip Chukwu Ebuka, Sparagano Lawrence; Somolu Oluwakemi; Ariyibi Temitope.


Meche Eke; Ojugbana Amaka; Ojugbana Christopher; Buna Walter; Coker Olumide; Lilian Lass; Mutittir Itsifanus; Yusuf Alli; Lt. Col. Jumbo Ochigbo; Eribake Wale; Zhai Shuta; Wang Yu; P. Awani; O. Awani; N. Chidiac; Rijoel Dhose; Li Hizha; Apochi Godwin; Lang Yi; Yinusa Ahmed; Faysal Inusa; Mojekwu Adaobi; Ibrahim D; Bamaiyi Adamu; Ifekowa Jones; Peter Nosike; Anthony Nwaokocha; Mahmud Aliyu; Nnadi John; Akweze Elizabeth; Doherty Adedunni; Echeidu Ibe; Maria Okulehi; Jennifer Ibe; Okokojunjip; Sarah Mshelia; Ahmed Mbana; Okonji Patrick; Oyosoro Rajuli; Oyosoro Ugbabio; Kaikai Farida; David Kolawole Fortune; Eyinoluwa David Kolawole; Kaltum Abubakar; and Dakawa Mahmud.


Patience Sunday Udoh; Asuquo Iniebong; Onemonelese Aimeihi; Onyeagocha Chidinma; Onyeagocha Ogechi; Ike Okoye; Amaka Raphael; Ijeoma Onyinjuke; Garba Abdul; Aisha Abdul; Benson Oluwayomi; Anthony Opara; Taiwo Lamidi; Awodogan Olusanmi; Obi Chinwe; Shaibu Memuna; Major I.G Mohammed; Nagidi Ibrahim; Attah Anthonia; Shaibu Sam; Ifeanyi Orakwe; Obinna Akubueze; Li Rui; XieZhenfeng; Oko Eseoghene; Chukwuemeka Okere; Adetunbi Adebiyi; Ibrahim Mantakari; Was Ruth; Wasa Awiyetu; Ojukwu Alvana; Lawal Anakobe; Nabil Garba; Mohammed Falmata; Ibrahim Jangana; Okikiolu Olukayode; Komolafe Olugbenga; Dike Chinwe; Dike Chike Ezugo; Olusola Arokoyo; Adetola Ayoola; Akinola Olumodeji; Olukoya Banji;  ; AdelekeOluwadamilare; Yusuf Ibrahim; Ikpohi Obiola; Aikhomu Ehimen; Levi Ajuonuma; Mbong Eventus.




A brief statement from the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah says:

“Today Sunday, June 3rd 2012 at 3:43pm local time, Dana Air flight 0992 from Abuja to Lagos declared an emergency with the Lagos control tower at 11 nautical miles to Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos. A minute later the aircraft disappeared from the Air Traffic Control radar. The flight was found to have crashed into residents buildings at Iju area of Agege with 153 people onboard.


“The Police, NEMA, rescue team from the airport, Lagos state, Ogun state and other agencies were at the crash site within minutes. At this time, no survivals have been found.


“Our heart and prayers go out to the families of the passengers and the people on the ground who lost their lives in this tragedy.


“The Federal Government will ensure that this incident is thoroughly investigated to determine the exact cause of this incident in order to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.”



We also have unconfirmed reports that “the ill-fated Dana plane had been under repair for several weeks and the airline&#39s station manager protested its use but the Indian management insisted it should fly.


The German stations are reporting that the plane which just crashed should never have taken off because of its write-off state and that its a wonder the plane even made it to Lagos in the first place”


The Indian owned Dana Air operates 5 McDonnel Douglas MD 83 aircrafts. All 5 planes were built between 20-21 years ago.


President Goodluck Jonathan has joined Nigerians in mourning the 153 citizens who died in plane crash that has plunged the nation into sorrow. He also declared a three-day national mourning period.


“President Jonathan assures air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt … and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country,” a statement signed by spokesman, Reuben Abati said.


In a related development, president of the Senate, David Mark lamented the double plane crash involving Nigeria Cargo plane in Accra and Dana Airline in Lagos. He sympathised with victims and pledged that the Senate would investigate and get to the root of the unfortunate incidents.


“I feel so sad and heartbroken hearing the news of this ugly incident,” Mark said of Sunday’s crash in Lagos. “It is quite unfortunate and disheartening. We mourn the loss of lives and pray to God to put a stop to every form of evil in our land. The Senate will definitely investigate the cause of this ugly incident to checkmate any future recurrence.”


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