The chief examiner in the coroner’s inquest into the Dana Airplane crash Prof. John Obafunwa says the Lagos state government is to contact families if the victims of the crash on the outcome of the DNA test that was carried out in order to be able to identify the victims.
Prof. Obafunwa, said that this assurance had become necessary so that families of the victims would not throng the Dana Air Crisis Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. The results are expected not later than Friday.
Obafunwa, who is also the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), said while the exact date of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) results’ arrival was not yet certain, he was putting pressure for an expedited action on the investigation to calm the nerves of many agitated family and friends.
The state government at the outset of the coroners’ inquest in June announced that the conduct of the DNA testing abroad would take about six weeks.
The DNA investigation is to identify about 100 bodies that were charred beyond recognition in the June 3 air mishap. Through this mapping of DNA samples collected from victims and their claimants, the bodies will be given to appropriate families.
Obafunwa said: “As soon as the results are here, the state government, coroner and the set up committee will sit over the results, deliberate and the government will start informing the families on the steps for collection of the bodies.”