Just a day after another plane accident in Ghana, Nigeria has suffered a tragedy too after a passenger plane, Dana Air, crashed into buildings in Lagos and there were no survivors (153 passengers were onboard). The shocking accident has made President Goodluck Jonathan declare three days of mourning. He said the accident 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.“
From the photos, the plane appeared to have landed on the buildings on its belly and not nose-dived. The buildings include a furniture shop and a print works. Luckily there number of casualties on the ground appears to be low compared to the impact of the accident. This is due to the fact that it was Sunday and the buildings were highly probable to be vacated.
The cause of the crash is yet to be determined and the President has indicated the importance on the investigation to determine the cause. Some people are claiming it might be an act of terrorism since the nation has been hit with a series of bombings by Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda.
However, its noteworthy to mention that last month on 11th, a Dana Air plane (probably the same one that suffered the accident) had a technical problem and was forced to make an emergency landing in Lagos. Moreover, Nigeria still has a poor air safety record albeit though some efforts have been installed to improve it after a series of airline disasters back in 2005.
Our prayers are with all those who lost their lives and their families too. Hopefully the cause of the crash will be determined soon and may be provide closure to the victims’ families.