The management of Dana Airlines has issued a statement commiserating with the families of the 153 victims of the tragic crash of Flight No. 9J-922 at Ishaga located in the outskirts of Lagos metropolis on Sunday.
None of the 146 passengers, along with a Flight Engineer, two pilots and four cabin crew members on board the flight survived, in what most Nigerians have described as a Black Sunday for the country’s aviation industry.
President Goodluck Jonathan has already declared a three-day national mourning commencing today for the repose of the souls 153 victims, during which period the Nigerian flag would be flown at half-mast in all public buildings and institutions.
The airline in a sympathy message by its Chief Executive Officer, Jacky Hathiramani, expressed sadness over the tragedy, saying it is doing everything to assist the families of the victims bear their losses.
According to airline, a 24-hour Call Centre service has been initiated, while an information centre is to be set up at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 to look after their needs and keep them informed as quickly as possible.
It gave the contact numbers as 01-2809888 and 07003593262.
Meanwhile, the airline has cancelled all flights scheduled for Monday. It urges passengers to call 0700 359 3262 to re-schedule or get details for refund.
READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW
The Dana Air family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the passengers and crew of Flight 9J-922 of Sunday, June 3, 2012. The aircraft, with Registration Number 5N-RAM, departed Abuja for Lagos with 146 passengers on board. 1 Dana Air Flight Engineer, 2 Pilots and 4 Cabin Crew were also aboard the flight.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time. A 24hr Call Centre service has been initiated and we have also set up an information centre at MMA2 to look after their needs and keep them as quickly informed as possible.
Contact Numbers: 01-2809888 and 07003593262.
An investigation into the cause of the accident got under way immediately, under the guidance of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who are being assisted by investigators from the U.S. National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB). Dana Air is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
In accordance with international protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all information about the investigation will come from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Dana Air will however provide information relating to the flight itself and updates on steps being taken.
Once again, we at Dana Air extend our profoundest condolences.
Chief Executive Officer