The families of the victims of the crash suspect foul play on the part of Dana Air.
The families of victims of the Dana Air crash need to produce a Letter of Administration from the probate registry to facilitate payment of the first 30 per cent of their compensation, the airline said on Monday.
The Chief Executive Officer of Dana Airline, Jacky Hathiramani, gave the position in a press statement released to aviation correspondents in Lagos by Tony Usidiamen, the airline’s spokesman.
Mr. Hathiramani said that to date, Letters of Administration have been produced by only a small number of claimants.
He said the letters also need to be verified by the probate office which issued them.
“Subject to verification, full compensation will be paid to those properly entitled in accordance with the law and available evidence, at the earliest opportunity.
“The present position is that 80 advance payments of 30,000 USD have been processed by virtue of documentation supplied, demonstrating familial links and kinship.
“Our insurers are continuing to deal with all other claims in accordance with the applicable law,” he said.
The airline chief assured the families that as soon as the letters are received and verified by the airline, they would be paid the compensation.
Mr. Hathiramani said that Dana Air has no control over the speed with which the probate office deal with the verification process, although maximum pressure s being exerted to expedite it.
He said that the airline is following the customary procedure in order to ensure that just compensation is only paid to those entitled.
The airline chief was, however, silent on when the airline’s insurance company would begin payment of the remaining 70 per cent of the claims to the families.
A Dana air flight from Abuja to Lagos crashed on June 3 at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, killing all 153 persons aboard and some others on the ground.
The families of the victims have complained of ill treatment by Dana Air. They alleged that the company has continued to delay the payment of the compensation making them go through hardship to receive the money.
A lawyer to 40 victims’ families, Bunmi Awoyemi, also alleged that 23 of his clients have not been paid at all while four only got half payment.