Premium Times (Abuja)

23 May 2014

Nigeria: Dana Crash - Coroner to Give Verdict

The Dana air mishap of June 3, 2012, claimed the lives of 153 people on board the aircraft as well as about 10 victims on the ground.

The coroner conducting an inquest into the cause of the 2012 Dana Air crash will submit his verdict on June 3 at the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate Court.

Oyetade Komolafe, the coroner, told PREMIUM TIMES that the verdict, originally fixed for May 26, was moved due to an electricity problem at the court.

"On that date, it would also be exactly two years since the crash happened," Mr. Komolafe said.

The Dana air mishap of June 3, 2012, claimed the lives of 153 people on board the aircraft as well as about 10 victims on the ground.

On June 18, 2012, an inquest into the cause of the accident began in Lagos.

The inquest was, however, halted three months later after a group filed a suit at the Federal High Court challenging the jurisdiction of the coroner.

When the inquest resumed, weeks later, testimonies by the pathologist who conducted an autopsy on the deceased's bodies continued.

Dana Air's Director of Flight Operations as well as a consultant to the Accident Investigation Bureau resumed their testimonies.

Other witnesses who appeared before the coroner included officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Lagos State Fire Service.

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