by Simon Utebor
Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has called for an inquest into the cause of the Dana Air plane crash at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State, on Sunday.
In a letter to Chief Coroner of Lagos State, High Court, Ikeja, the lawyer said there was an allegation that the aircraft was allowed to fly even though it was defective.
Falana alleged that the distress call made by the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft several minutes before the crash was ignored by the airport authorities.
He also said the management of the disaster was crude, alleging that members of the public had to use their bare hands in the rescue operations.
The lawyer appealed that the inquest be held without delay and the result be made public because of the national significance of the request.
He lamented that the results of similar inquiries in the past were never published by the Federal Government.
The letter read in part, “In the light of the foregoing, we request you to use your good offices to cause a coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of the air crash which occurred in Lagos on Sunday.
“Make appropriate recommendations pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 which provides that an inquest shall hold whenever a coroner is informed that the death of a deceased person within his district was a result of death ‘in violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.”
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