Minister of Aviation Summoned to Lagos Hearing on Dana Air crash

Friday, April 19, 2013
By George Hatcher

The Lagos State coroner is summoning Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah and a pathologist, Professor Adekunbi Banjo to give testimony in the inquest into the June 3 2012 Dana plane crash. The minister is summoned to appear to observe the coroner in action.
Banjois a consultant with the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

170 people died during the crash, including 153 passengers and residents of Iju-Ishaga.

Banjo is expected to refute claims made Professor John Obafunwa, Lagos Chief Medical Examiner.

Counsel for the Lagos State government, Mr Akinjide Bakare, however, insisted that Banjo ought to have voluntarily made herself available to the inquest, noting that seeking to call her at this late stage was a ploy to delay the conclusion of proceedings.

Dana Air was suspended, then was allowed to start flying again in September.

Then it was recently suspended again Saturday over “safety issues”. On Monday Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry reversed the Saturday decision and Dana Air is air bound again.

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