The death of Samson Hassan, one of the survivors of the Associated Airlines plane that crashed in Lagos Saturday night, indicates that the death toll in the crash has risen to 15 victims.
The development has sent fear down the spine of relatives of other survivors still receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
The relatives who spoke with LEADERSHIP yesterday in LASUTH at different interviews said they were disturbed about the fate of their loved ones, just as they appealed to LASUTH management to do everything within their capacity to save their lives.
Adija, a relative of Toyin Samson, recuperating at the Surgical Emergency ward in the hospital, told our correspondent that though the medical personnel had done their best to keep the survivors alive, they were still apprehensive.
She said, "The medical doctors on duty really tried their best here. I commend their efforts. They are very good people but we are still afraid; you see, this is not motor accident, this is plane crash, some parts of their body have been badly affected. They should examine them very well. If possible the government can fly them overseas for better treatment."
Our correspondent gathered that the late Samson Hassan was kept under close watch at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja before he died.
A medical personnel who spoke on condition of anonymity told our correspondent that they did our best but the degree of injuries he sustained in the crash were very serious.
"There was nothing more we could do, we are sorry," he said.
His death was said to have been confirmed by a release signed by one Mrs. Bolanle Okusanya-Feyita, on behalf of the Magbamawo Industrial Company (MIC) Royal Ltd, where Hassan was a member of staff.
By this latest death of Hassan, the company has lost five of its staff, including its chief executive, Mr. Olatunji Okusanya, his son, Mr Olatunji Okusanya Jnr. and four members of staff - Mr. Akeem Akintunde, Mr. Chijioke Duru and Mr. Kingsley Amaechi
Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau(AIB) said it has commenced the readout of data from the Flight Data Recorder ( FDR)otherwise referred to as Black Box recovered from the Embraer 120 ER aircraft belonging to Associated Airlines that crashed in Lagos on Thursday morning.
AIB Commissioner Captain Muktar Usman, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the analysis of data from the FDR was being carried out at AIB's laboratory in Abuja.
He also confirmed that one of the seven survivors had died on Saturday without disclosing the identity of the latest casualty in the aircraft accident.
He said, "Flight recorders of the ill-fated aircraft have been recovered and will be downloaded at the Bureau's newly installed flight laboratory at its Abuja headquarters. The readout of the recorders has commenced. The aircraft, which crashed less than three minutes after take-off from Runway 18L of the airport, had 20 souls on board, including seven of the airline's crew. There were six survivors as at 05 October, 2013."
He said investigation continues into the crash of Embraer 120 ER aircraft marked 5N-BJY belonging to Associated Aviation Limited, which occurred at the Joint Users Hydrants installation at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos at 9:30hrs (local Time) on Thursday 03 October, 2013.
Associated Aviation Limited is a Nigerian registered domestic airline, which operates chartered and scheduled flights in the country.
Aircraft accident investigation investigators taking the recorders to a laboratory where "they can download the data from the recorders and attempt to recreate the events of the accident". Often, black-box manufacturers supply the readout systems and software needed to do a full analysis of the recorders' stored data.