Lagos to conduct stability tests on buildings around crashed plane site

The Lagos State Government says it will conduct structural tests on buildings located around the scene of Dana plane crash to ascertain their fitness for habitation.

Femi Oke -Osanyintolu, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday at the scene of the crash at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos.

He said that after the clearing of debris, the state Ministry of Environment and Health would fumigate the area to guide against epidemics.

“The rubbles from the affected buildings and plane are being carried to Olusosun dump site,” he said.

Also speaking, an Air Commodore, Bankole Abayomi, the Director of Research and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said that the agency is winding up its operations at the site.

He said that NEMA expects international collaborators to assist in investigation, adding that LASEMA and security agencies would continue skeletal services at the site.

Mr. Bankole said that phase two of the operations would begin at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to enable families of the deceased to identify and collect the remains for burial.

He advised security personnel to always cordon-off the scene of accident and create access for easy rescue operations,

“It took us between four and five hours to gain access to the scene of this crash and commence rescue operations.

“If we had had access earlier, perhaps, some of the victims could have been rescued before they died,” he said.

Mr. Bankole, however, expressed appreciation to the rescue teams, stakeholders and security personnel that made the rescue operations a success.

Reports are that the two-storey building, where six people died, is being pulled down by the Julius Berger Construction Company, hired to clear the site.



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