Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the DANA Air plane that crashed Sunday on the outskirts of Lagos, the nation’s economic capital city.
A statement by presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said the President has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for Monday, and also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.
The statement said the President has ordered the ”fullest possible investigation” into the crash.
In compliance with the President’s directive, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee the crash investigations and present an interim report to the Federal Government as quickly as possible.
”The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.
”President Jonathan assures air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country,” the statement said.
The plane, which was on a scheduled flight from the capital city of Lagos to Abuja – a one-hour flight – was carrying 153 passengers and six crew members when it crashed.
Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, said there were no survivors.
Several buildings were set ablaze by the impact of the crash around Iju on the outskirts of Lagos.
Though it has been raining in Lagos in the past few days, weather at the time of the crash was fine.