By LAWANI MIKAIRU & Daniel Eteghe
Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, yesterday, said it was now ready to release the belongings of the Dana Air crash victims to relations of the victims after proper identification.
The Dana plane crashed on June 3, 2012 at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, killing all the 153 people on board.
A statement from the Bureau said that the affected relations are advised to visit its Lagos office at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, for identification and collection of the items.
The Bureau also said that the contacts for the victims’ families obtained from Dana Air were being used to facilitate the exercise.
According to Tunji Oketunji, Head, Public Affairs of AIB, “a lot of the belongings recovered from the crash site including bags, jewelries, laptops, phones, cash and identity cards were badly affected by fire and the impact of the crash.
“There are also some items with unidentified owners.”
AIB also said it was still investigating the cause of the crash even as a detailed report will be issued as soon as possible. Already, an updated report was released last September and an interim statement on the anniversary of the crash.
The interim statement released by the Bureau on the anniversary of the crash said some of the recommendations of the bureau were already being implemented by the airline and the aviation regulatory agency, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
Oketunji also explained that releasing the items would not affect the ongoing investigation.
It will be recalled that Dana Airline has since resumed flight operations and was recently given till December this year to pay full compensation to relatives of the crash victims.