June 5th, 2012|
June 4, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have been called in to help the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority probe the cause of this year’s world’s deadliest air disaster, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
At least 163 people were killed yesterday in Nigeria when a Dana Airlines Ltd. Passenger plane crashed into Lagos, Nigeria biggest city.
All 146 passengers and seven crew members and at least 10 people on the ground were killed. “No survivors were found,” a spokesman for the Dana Group said. “As we speak, 94 bodies have been recovered.”
The pilots of the plane issued a Mayday call to the Lagos control tower at 3:43 p.m. about 11 nautical miles away from the airport. Then, a minute later, the aircraft disappeared from the radar.
Three days of national mourning have been declared by President Goodluck Jonathan. He has also ordered a full investigation.
The spokesman for the Dana Group said, “We don’t know what went wrong. Investigations are ongoing.”
Nigeiria had worked hard to improve it aviation safety record since 2006. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration gave Nigeria a Category 1 rating in August 2010.
Aviation Safety Network said that the plane was built in 1990, acquired by Dana in 2009, and was previously operated by Alaska Airlines.