#DanaCrash: 137 bodies discovered so far, DNA testing needed to identify most

by Tolu Orekoya

Recovery operations at the Dana Air flight 922 have unearthed 137 bodies, from the scene of the June 3, 2012 crash. According to the National Emergency Management, 77 were male, 37 were female and 8 were children. Of those numbers only 25 could be visually identified. The others were unidentifiable as the bodies were burned beyond recognition by the crash and the following explosion.

The ill-fated flight Abuja to Lagos was four minutes from the landing when it crashed into the heavily populated Iju area of Lagos, around 3:45 pm on Sunday afternoon.  There are efforts to assist the families on the ground displaced by the crash, including the three children who lost their parents, and were taken in by Governor Babatunde Fashola. 15 other families have been taken to a state relief camp at Agbowa-Ikosi in Epe, Lagos State.

Crowd control has been a major issue with the crash location, with several gawkers clogging up access routes to and from the site, but the police have managed to cordon off the area, making it more accessible.

The agency’s spokesperson, Yushau Shuaib, said that the Lagos State Ministry of Health had initiated DNA tests on the corpses to identify the victims and that counselling centres had been established by the Lagos state government for the bereaved families, according to Premium Times.

Rescue operations at the crash site turned into recovery tasks as it quickly became evident that there would be no survivors from the crash, and today recovery efforts have been hampered by the driving winds and heavy rains that occurred earlier in the morning.

Source: Premium Times

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