Dana Air Crash: Jonathan Vows to punish anyone found wantingLatest Politics Thursday, June 7th, 2012
tragic crash of Dana Airlines flight 0992 in Lagos, President
Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians not to “rush to
judgment” but to wait for the outcome of government’s
investigation on the incident.
The president further pledged that the investigation would not
just be another form of government’s investigation that usually
ends up in the trash bin even as he vowed “firm action” if any
dereliction of duty is established.
Mr Jonathan stated this on Wednesday during a special
executive council meeting in honour of those who lost their
lives in the Dana air crash.
“I have directed that the fullest possible investigation be
undertaken into the remote and immediate causes of the crash
with a view to ensuring that the proper lessons are learnt from
it, and that going forward, every necessary measure is
effectively implemented to enhance the safety of air travellers in
“In the past few days since the crash, our newspapers,
airwaves, and social media have been awash with all manner of
theories and speculations on the cause of the tragedy. I urge
that there should be no rush to judgment.
“The lives of all Nigerians and foreigners in our country are
precious to this administration. We will continue to do
everything possible to protect lives and prevent avoidable
“I assure all Nigerians and the international community that the
investigations which I have ordered will be very thorough. Let
me warn that where clear dereliction of duty is established, firm
action will be taken.
“This administration stands ready to take whatever action may
become necessary after the investigation to prevent the
recurrence of air mishaps.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah told Journalists
at the state house that the pilot of the ill fated plane reported a
twin engine problem shortly before it went off the radar and
crashed into a densely populated suburb of Lagos killing all
153 passengers on board.
“It was shortly after the captain’s distress call that the aircraft
could no longer be seen in the radar and communication was
lost,” the minister explained.
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