by Isi Esene
Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State who was yesterday reported to have
been involved in a plane crash is still in a “critical condition”. Suntai and five other passengers survived the crash but have been receiving emergency care.
According to a statement by Joe Obi, the special assistant to the minister of aviation, no life was lost in the plane crash contrary to initial reports.
He said, ““An aircraft, Cessna 208, with six souls on board including crew, operated by the Taraba State Government departed Jalingo, Taraba State for Yola this evening and reported contact with the Yola Control Tower (1720Z) and field in sight at 38 miles estimating landing at 1730Z.
“The pilot subsequently lost contact with Yola Control Tower and subsequent effort to raise the aircraft failed.
“Search and Rescue was immediately activated and the site of incident located with all victims alive with various degrees of injuries. The victims have been evacuated to the hospital for treatment pending further investigation of the incident.
“This is the correct version of the incident; every other one that is contrary to this is incorrect.”
Sources say the aircraft crashed behind the NNPC depot in Adamawa State.
The governor, who we gathered is a licensed pilot, was said to have sustained serious injuries and their are plans in the offing to fly him out of the country to receive comprehensive medical attention.
The other five passengers in the plane are also receiving treatment at a hospital in Adamawa State.
A source said, “I just spoke to a close family member and she confirmed that though the governor is badly injured, he survived the crash. Arrangement is being made now to fly him abroad in the morning. But it is not that easy; such arrangement takes about 24 hours.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it received the news of the crash with shock. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, said, “We received the news of the plane crash with shock. We are officially awaiting news of the true position right now and we urge all our members in Taraba and Nigeria to pray for him.”