by Tolu Orekoya
Dana Air’s insurance LLoyds of London will compensate the families of those who died in the crash, they announced yesterday at the joint Dana Air/Lagos State government news conference.
According to Yomi Oshinkoya, a Lloyds correspondent, “The international law and standards stipulate that the sum of 30,000 dollars (N4.6 million) must be paid to each of the victims’ family within the first 30 days of the accident, as initial payment. A ceiling of 100,000 dollars (N15 million) should be paid to the victim’s family after they must have completed all the requirements expected of them by the law.”
While the payments are assured, the exact number of deceased from the crash have yet to be determined. Inaccurate manifests, and poor accounting have led to several stories with erroneous information, including one that named Amaechi Obodo the flight’s co-pilot as one of the deceased, though he was never on the plane. There is also, no accurate information about those who died on the ground as a result of the accident, though there are concerted efforts to determine the number. Officials admitted that the final tally may not be available for weeks.
Families also have to bring proof to show the link between them and the deceased, but were promised a relatively swift process “We will be responsible, as we do not want families of the victims to suffer and their claims would be processed as fast as possible,’’ Oshinkoya said.