November 7, 2013

Associated Airline crash: LASUTH releases bodies of victims

By Sola Ogundipe

Following the release of the DNA results of the remains of victims of the Associated Airline Crash in Lagos, the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja  has begun the release of the bodies to their families.

Vanguard gathered  that of the 16 victims, samples from 12 were sent for DNA test in the UK.

Recall that an  Embraer aircraft operated by Associated Airlines with registration number SCD 361, conveying the corpse of former Governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun  Agagu from Lagos to Akure for burial, crashed shortly after take-off at Murtala Mohammed Airport, on October 3, killing 13 persons on board.

For bodies of victims that were burnt beyond recognition, the Lagos state government said it would not release the bodies to their families until it has conducted autopsies and forensic tests. The DNA samples taken from the bodies and family members were then taken to the United Kigndom for forensic tests and proper identification.