His name was listed as one of the crew members of the ill-fated Dana Flight 9J-922. His face was published on the pages of the papers as a victim of the crash. But yesterday, Mr. Amaechi Obodo, a co-pilot at Dana Air declared that he was alive and well.
YNaija had reported a day after the crash that the pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer were all non-Nigerians. However some papers had erroneously included Mr Amaechi Obodo, indigene of Delta State, among the crew.
He said he did not fly that day because he was off duty from Friday to Sunday and stayed with his mother all through the day.
Mr Obodo however bemoaned the loss of lives in the crash and spoke glowingly of his colleagues that died in the crash, saying: “I loved them dearly. We were on duty together and it is very unfortunate that I lost them that way. May their souls rest in perfect peace.”
The co-pilot came out strongly in defence of his employers, Dana Air, absolving them of any accusation of negligence. He said: “My Airline is the best in the country. I can confidently say that because we are the people that work there. People are just spreading rumours about Dana Air. It is unfortunate it happened that way, nobody could have prayed for it to happen”
On the allegations that the plane was faulty, Obodo said: “The report of the investigations would clear the issue. We need to wait for the result of the black box.”