Indonesian man allegedly among 153 victims of Nigeria plane crash
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.
The Foreign Ministry’s 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.
Reuters reported that Nigerian emergency services recovered more bodies on Monday from the smouldering, ash-covered wreckage of the crashed plane.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning and ordered an investigation into the cause of Sunday’s accident, in which a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by privately owned domestic carrier Dana Air crashed into the iron roof of an apartment block in the Lagos residential suburb of Agege.
“This is really a horrific moment for us here and we sympathize and give condolences to all the victims and families. [There are no] words to express our pain and grief,” Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola said at the crash site.
Oke Osanyintolu, head of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for Lagos state, told Reuters on the scene that 80 bodies had been pulled out by around 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT). The cause of the crash is still unknown.