Dana crash: Relatives of dead passengers to receive $100,000
The management of Dana Air, is expected to pay not less than $100,000.00 as insurance claims for each of the 153 passengers who died during the incident. This is in line with the requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The expected compensation regime is also in line with the the standard set by the ICAO, Montreal Convention, which a few years ago raised the compensation to $100,000.00 from the $10,000.00 stipulated by ICAO, according to the Warsaw Convention.
Also, DANA Air is expected to pay $250,000.00 respectively to the families of the two pilots, as compensation, while, the six crew members’ will each be paid $150,000.00 each.
However, the Government agency have begun DNA tests for the 148 Dana crash victims who are already being taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) morgue in Ikeja in order to allow their relatives to identify them.According to a Federal Road Safety Commission spokesman Jonas Agwu gave the details of the recovered bodies as males 88, females 48 and children 12.
He noted the recovery of bodies would continue today. The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the DNA test is very important for victims who burnt beyond recongnitions.
He said the tests were being carried out at LASUTH.
The bodies were taken to the morgues at LASUTH and the Mainland General Hospital. An official said the identified bodies were tagged. Another FRSC official Mr. Fatai Adesina Bakare stated that, “We have also recovered a number of personal effects, like handbags, traveler’s bags, shoes, combs and cash.
“We have, for instance, an identity card of an employee of NNPC, and from his purse, we recovered some cash, and business cards, which have been lodged. We also recovered a woman’s a purse containing $114 and N4,000 cash.”
“We have created a desk where all those personal effects are been documented and officials who are in charge would do justice to them and ensure that it gets to family members of the victims safely.”