07 Jun 2012
Early on the morning of June 4th, a Dana Air MD-83 plane crashed on a residential area in Lagos, Nigeria. There were 153 passengers on the aircraft, none surviving the crash and an additional 40 people were found dead on the ground.
The American pilot radioed in sending emergency signals while getting closer to the landing, but crashed only minutes later. It was reported that both engines had failed, but the cause is not yet known. The black box of the plane was found and has been sent to authorities for investigation purposes.
It is still unsure as to how many people are dead from either being in the building the plane crashed into, or from being near the crash site. The Chinese embassy has said that six of its nationals were on the plane alongside two major generals and many members of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Dana Air has been said to be a safe airline in the midst of Nigeria’s poor airline record- this crash is considered to be the worst aircraft tragedy in the country.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of guests who were involved in the Dana Air mishap,” the airline posted on its website. “May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.” Dana Air has also set up a 24-hour hotline, providing information about the crash.
President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered three days of national mourning in respect for this horrific accident.
~ Kim Bourque (Grade 12, James M. Hill High School)
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