Lagos – Investigation into the DANA Air crash on the outskirts of Lagos on Sunday has begun, according to the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren.

Demuren, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone on Sunday, in Lagos, said that the flight originated from Abuja.

Asked if they were survivors among the passengers on board when the plane crashed, he said: “We don’t believe there are survivors.

“I am talking to you from the scene of the crash.”

He added: “Right now our thoughts and and prayers are with the families.”

Meanwhile, efforts to rescue victims of the crash, which occurred at Iju, are being hampered by the presence of a huge crowd of onlookers, miscreants and sympathisers.

Rescue operations at the scene of the crash

NAN correspondents at the scene report that the inaccessibility of the crash area has also  made it difficult for rescue teams, which include the police, Red Cross, Army, FRSC, Nigeria Air Force and Fire Service to get to the plane.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Femi Osanyintolu, told NAN that the building on which the plane landed must be collapsed for any rescue operation to take place.

He also said that they had to be cautious in collapsing the building because of the location of the site of the crash in a residential area. (NAN)

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