A Nigerian man named David Chukwunonso Allison has filed a lawsuit against the plane’s pilot Peter Waxtan (of Florida), manufacturer of the Dana Air plane (Boeing) and the plane’s engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. and United Technologies Corp. Allison’s lawsuit claims that the plane and its engines were defective and “unreasonably dangerous,” leading to the death of his wife of two years, Joy Allison.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Nine Americans were among those killed when the plane (with 153 passengers on board) hit a two story residential building in Lagos.
Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the operating license of Dana Air – the airline whose plane crashed on Sunday in a Lagos suburb.
“Their operational licence has been suspended until we carry out their recertification,” spokesman Sam Adurogboye told the BBC.
The Senate also suspended the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Harold Demuren.
Footage of President Jonathan’s visit to Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State where the Dana Air plane crashed. 137 bodies have been recovered.
President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar also visited the crash site.
The plane’s black box and flight recorder have also been recovered by the rescue team which comprises men of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Julius Berger Construction Company, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Army.
Two bodies recovered were identified as the charred remains of a mother clutching her baby. They were residents of a building hit by the plane. DNA tests will be conducted to identify the bodies.