#DanaCrash: Dana Air releases statement of condolence

Hathiramani during his second visit to the crash site

Dana Air released a statement yesterday, over the tragic plane crash on June 3, 2012, killing all 153 passengers and crew on board, and an unknown number on the ground. While not directly addressing the issues that may have led to the accident, the Chairman of Dana Air, Ramesh Hathiramani expressed that it was Dana’s responsibility to “step up to the plate” during such a tragic time.

Dana Air condoles with families of the departed

Lagos, June 5, 2012 – Chairman of Dana Air, Ramesh Hathiramani, today met with the families of victims of the June 3, 2012 air mishap involving Flight 9J-992 from Lagos to Abuja in which all 153 persons onboard lost their lives.

Hathiramani addressed the family members of the departed who gathered at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja morgue where the remains of victims recovered from the site of the accident were taken. “Words are not enough to express our grief at this tragedy and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this extremely difficult period.”

Hathiramani listened patiently as they shared their pain and difficulties in locating and retrieving the remains of their loved ones, and promised that the airline would do everything possible to ensure that their concerns are handled. “When you do have a fatality, it is your responsibility to step up to the plate,” he said.

The Dana Air Chairman also visited the site of the accident (his second in 3 days) to commiserate with the affected families and residents. He commended the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the progress made so far in the recovery operation. About 151 bodies have been recovered.

The Information centre set up at MMA2 and NCAA news desk are still open to cater to the needs of families and relatives, and keep them as quickly informed as possible. Our Help-lines are: LAGOS – 01-2809888, 08052697500 & 08077291288 and Abuja – 07044213849 & 07026672145.

Dana Air appreciates the solidarity of all Nigerians and we join everyone in continued prayers for comfort for the families and friends of the victims, and also for the repose of the souls of all the departed.

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