by Seyi Lawal
Residents around the Iju area of Lagos where the Dana commercial air plane crashed said the aircraft did not explode immediately it crashed. It exploded after about 20 minutes after it crashed into the buildings.
If help had come early, some of the over 140 persons, who died yesterday might have been saved, residents told news agents from Vanguard.
According to an eyewitness, the plane was seen swinging in the air before it eventually landed on a newly constructed storey building between 3pm and 4pm. ‘’I was here with my wife and other people when we saw the plane moving around in random directions. Initially we were confused, but when it was getting usually close to the rooftop of the houses around, we stood up and traced were it eventually landed. When we go to the scene, we saw the plane on the building and it did not explode upon landing. The only fire from the aircraft was from the cockpit which was not much. It was only ten of us that first got to the scene. That little fire would have been quenchable if there was immediate emergency response from fire fighters. We were even using sachets of pure water to put off the fire before we heard loud explosion after 20 minutes.’’
When the rescue team did not turn up, it was learnt that a concerned bystander then called the chairperson of the local government council who informed an official of the Lagos State Government.
‘’When we discovered that emergency rescue service was not on sight, my wife had to call the chairperson of the local government, who informed Fashola’s people. It was that call that altered the authorities. But if the rescue service had arrived on time, they would have been saved because there was no fire when the plane landed on the buildings. The pilot of the aircraft was very brave because we noticed it from the way the aircraft was swinging before it crashed,’’ another witness told the Vanguard.
Source: The Vanguard.