Nigeria reviews toll in air crash to 159
An Indian from Kerala, Mahendra Singh Rathore was aboard the aircraft which crashed into a building in a highly populated area of South western state of Lagos on its way from the country`s capital city, Abuja. The co-pilot was an American of Indian origin. The owners of the aircraft, Dana air, also explained that the plane had no engine problem prior to the accident.
A spokesman for the company, Francis Ogboro, said its chief engineer was inside the plane and therefore could not have gone on a suicide mission with its workers on Sunday when the crash occurred. "The plane showed no faults or signs of any problems on Sunday morning before the accident," Ogboro told reporters. He tried to calm frayed nerves over a rumour making rounds that the plane had engine problems, saying that it was not the same aircraft people referred to especially on social media.
"It was not the same one that had emergency landing in May over hydraulic problem," he said. Aviation authorities have suspended the licence of Dana Air after what they describe as the worst crash in the countrys history going by the number of the dead.