Sunday, June 3, 2012


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared a three-day period of national mourning for all those who lost their lives in the Dana plane crash in Lagos today. President Jonathan who has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow, has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.
Meanwhile, the President has ordered the fullest possible investigation into the crash. In compliance with the President’s directive, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report to the Federal Government as quickly as possible.
The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.
President Jonathan assures air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.
He prays that God Almighty will grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.
Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) June 3, 2012

Full list of victims in Dana Air crash

Full list of victims in Dana Air crash
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;
and  Shehu Sahad Usman.
Others were:
Alade Martins;
Onita Jennifer (Mrs);
Onita Josephine;
Ike Ochonogo; Joy Alison;
John Ahmadu;
Akowe Fatokun Anjola;
Fatokun Olaoluwa;
Fatokun Ibukun;
Buhari Maikudi;
Amina Idris Bugaje;
Ajani  Adenle;
Adijolola Abraham;
Obot Emmanuel;
Otegbeye Hadiza;
Ehioghae Sunny;
Onwuriri Celestine;
Abikalio Otatoru;
Noris Kim;
Eyo Bassey;
Njoku Charles;
Anibaba Tosin;
Okocha Christopher;
Sobowale Femi;
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;
Also on the list:
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;
Dorothy Adedunni;
Echeidu Ibe;
Maria Okulehi;
Jennifer Ibe;
Okoko junjip;
Sarah Mshelia;
Ahmed Mbana;
Okonji Patrick;

Oyosoro Rajuli;
Oyosoro Ugbabio;
Kaikai Farida;
David Kolawole Fortune;
Eyinoluwa David Kolawole;
Kaltum Abubakar;
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;
Xie Zhenfeng;
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 Saka Otaru;
Adeleke Oluwadamilare;
Yusuf Ibrahim;
Ikpohi Obiola; Aikhomu Ehimen;
Levi Ajuonuma;
Mbong Eventus.

Dana plane carrying 152 people crashes in Lagos


Bad news reaching us is that a commercial airliner operated by DANA Air has crashed in the Iju area of Lagos. The aircraft was arriving from Abuja on a local flight when it crashed into a powerline in the area.
According to the report by Sahara Reporters, the plane had 153 passengers on board.
Femi Oke-Osanyinpolu, Lagos state emergency state manager, said Sunday that casualty numbers are unknown.
Harold Denuren, head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, confirmed the crash. He said the Dana Air flight was heading from Lagos to Abuja in Nigeria. He said federal authorities were on their way to the site of the crash.
This news gives me shivers. Just minutes after reporting news of the bomb blast in Bauchi, now this.
The number of casualties has not been ascertained, but I pray for the lives of all those that were on board that plane and people that were in the area where it crashed.
May God be with us all.
Such a sad day for Nigerians.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

10 DIE after cargo plane crashes into bus in Ghana's capital

The crash occurred in Accra near Kotoka International Airport, which sits near newly built high-rise buildings, hotels and the country's Defense Ministry. Witnesses said the plane first smashed through the fence that runs around the airport before hitting the bus.
Billy Anaglate, spokesman for the Ghana Fire Service, said that all 10 passengers in the bus were killed on impact. The plane's four crew members appear to have survived the crash and were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
"What happened is that the Allied (Air) Cargo plane, actually I was told, was traveling from Nigeria to Ghana. At the landing it was short of the boundary, and it went off onto the road side. It crashed into a bus that was bound for Accra," said Anaglate, who was reached by telephone late Saturday.
"… (The plane) broke the barrier and went onto the road and hit the vehicle and unfortunately in the vehicle everyone ended up dying. The poor people were killed."
An official at the airport's control tower declined to comment when reached Saturday night, saying no one was available to discuss the crash. Police officials also refused to immediately discuss the matter, although a press conference was scheduled to take place later Saturday.
Police and soldiers quickly cordoned off the neighborhood where the plane crashed. The area is near to El-Wak Sports Stadium and Hajj Village, where Muslims in the country stay before they journey to Mecca.
Local television showed images of the plane lying across a road with its tail damaged as the flight crew jumped off and received help from emergency responders.
Witnesses said the plane was labeled as belonging to Allied Air Cargo, a fact confirmed by Anaglate. The name and symbols on the aircraft matched those of the Nigerian air freight company based out of Lagos. Telephone numbers for the company in London, Lagos and the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt rang unanswered Saturday night.
Ghana, a nation of more than 25 million in West Africa, has not had a major airplane crash in recent years. The last air emergency the country had was in June 2006, when a TAAG Linhas Aereas De Angola flight to Sao Tome hit birds during takeoff. The plane landed safely and none of the 28 people onboard were injured.