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Indonesian man allegedly
among 153 victims of Nigeria
plane crash

Nigeria crash: People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday. A commercial airliner crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria's largest city, killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground. (AP/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian crash: People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday. A commercial airliner crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria's largest city, killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

An Indonesian man who worked as a technician for Dana Air was allegedly among the 153 people on board the company’s plane that crashed in Nigeria on Monday, an official said.

Foreign Ministry director for legal aid and protection of Indonesian nationals overseas Tatang Budie Utama Razak told The Jakarta Post that the Indonesian technician, Widyo Utomo, was one of 16 Indonesians who worked for the commercial airliner.

“The Indonesian Embassy in Abuja has confirmed that he [Widyo] was among the 153 people on board the Dana Air plane,” Tatang said on Monday.

The plane crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria's largest city on Sunday evening.

All 153 passengers and crew members, and most likely others on the ground, were reportedly killed in the accident.

Tatang, however, said that the ministry was still trying to contact Dana Air executives to confirm whether Widyo was one of the victims of the crash.

According to Tatang, Widyo’s father Warjianto, who lives in Indonesia, had already heard the news concerning his son from Widyo’s colleagues in Dana Air.

“I have contacted Widyo’s father and he told me that he had already heard the news from his son’s friends in the office,” said Tatang. (asa/iwa)

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