The Dana Airline flight from Abuja which crashed in the Iju area of Lagos, less than five minutes flight time from the Lagos Airport, has the lives of all passengers and crew on board.
The plane, which reportedly took off from Abuja, crashed at a densely populated location around Toyin Bus stop in the Lagos metropolis at about 3:30pm.
Coming less 24 hours after another Nigerian cargo aircraft crashed in Ghana, killing more than 12 persons, as well as the suicide bombing incident in a church in Bauchi, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar described the string of incidents as Black Sunday tragedies.
In a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, Mr. Abubakar condoled with the families of the deceased in the Dana Air crash in Lagos, and the earlier crash in Accra on Saturday as wellas the victims of the Bauchi bomb blast.
“It is unimaginable that the country could be visited with these tragedies that have left many families bruised and broken,” the former Vice President said, adding that he sends condolences to the people and government of Nigeria over the deaths.
He however charged rescue and emergency services personnel to ensure that everything is done to save the lives of those who needed to be saved, while urging all well-meaning Nigerians to rally round the families of all those who may have been affected by the Black Sunday tragedies and the crash in Accra on Saturday.
“It is our collective duty as Nigerians to help the affected families deal with their losses. The Accident Investigation Unit of the relevant agencies should immediately commence an inquiry to get to the root cause of the Dana Air crash in order to forestall future occurrences,” he said.
Similarly, former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, who commiserated with the families of the crash and the Bauchi suicide bomb explosion, called for national prayers for the families and the nation.
Mr. Kalu, who spoke through his Special Assistant (Media), Emeka Obasi, described Sunday as a dark day in the history of Nigeria, pointing out that these two disasters are too many for one nation in one day.
“Just as were mourning the deaths in Bauchi as a result of the mindless killing of worshippers during a church service, the Dana aircraft went down again, killing all 153 on board. For a nation to lose at least 165 persons in two incidences in one day calls for sober reflection and prayers to God for the stoppage of such bad occurrences,” Mr. Kalu said.
The former governor called for a thorough investigation of the Dana Airline crash, urging government to step up efforts to check the menace of suicide bombers in the country.
“The Dana Airline crash and the suicide bombing in Bauchi, coming after an Allied Air cargo aircraft overshot the runway in Accra, Ghana, killing 10 persons in a bus does not portend good signs for the country.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who also reacted to the crash, described the incident as sad and wasteful.
“This is so sad. All that blood and life just wasted. Aviation is the sector I presided over. I know it inside out and now I am in pain. May the souls of those that died in that crash rest in peace,” he said.