Representatives of the insurers of the crashed Associated Aviation Embraer 120 aircraft, Lloyds of London, arrived in Lagos yesterday.
The plane carrying 20 passengers and crew and the body of the late former Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, for burial, crashed last Thursday near the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, barely one minute after taking off.
The advance team of the Blake Group, a United Kingdom-based international crisis management firm, is in Nigeria to work with the airline, families of those who died in the crash and aviation authorities.
They are to work with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Accident Investigation Prevention Bureau (AIPB). The team will also work with the medical team at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where the injured and the bodies were taken.
According to a source, the Blake Group is an advanced team of the insurers who will arrive in Lagos today for comprehensive documentation of relevant details about the crash.
The group visited the site of the crash to take samples. It made a brief stop at the headquarters of the NCAA, the AIPB and at LASUTH.
The group is also co-ordinating the DNA samples that will be sent abroad for examination.
A source hinted that the visit of the Blake team to Nigeria is to confirm the veracity of the valid insurance cover Associated Aviation has with Lloyds of London.
The source said: “The advance team of Blake Group from the United Kingdom is already in the country. They were at LASUTH to assess everything. They are coordinating the DNA samples that will be sent to the UK.
“As international crisis management firm, they are helping with the post-crisis trauma.
“The Lloyds of London will be here today to ensure that everything about insurance is intact. They will work out the terms; the procedure for payment of claims.”
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