The Dana Airline crash that killed over 153 lives including people on the ground have kept Nigerians and foreigners talking: The Words of sorrow, mourning and emotion
"We have been working very hard to improve the aviation conditions in this country, so this particular incident is a major setback for us as a people," President Jonathan said as he toured the crash site just north of the airport. I am here with members of the national assembly, because we will thoroughly investigate this... at the end of the day, we will make sure that this will never repeat itself again in this country."
-Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of Federal Republic of Nigeria
“This is really a horrific moment for us here and we sympathise and give condolences to all the victims and families,. “There are no) words to express our pain and grief. It is saddening, it is simply too much.”
-Gov. Fashola, Governor of Lagos State
"Nigeria has been used as a model of what can happen if you have a government determined to improve safety - by giving autonomy to the civil aviation authority to do whatever is necessary to improve safety within the country, I hope the president will ensure that the investigation of the cause of this accident is thorough and then they can learn lessons from there which should be implemented as soon as possible and fully."
- Elijah Chingosho, the secretary general of the African Airlines Association
“This is one of the worst tragic experiences of Nigeria in 21st century. In this singular air crash, our country has lost enormous human resources. This air crash claimed 153 talents and productive individuals. The time has come for Nigeria to invest in aviation infrastructure in-order to safeguard air travel and to ensure that incident like this will not happen again. Nigeria must invest in human resources that will be capable of managing our aviation industry”
- Chief Ike Stephens Nsika, Chairman Umuoji Improvement Union, Houston Branch USA
"The search and rescue and recovery has been going on steadily. Today, a large number of bodies have been recovered. More are still in there, and they're working tirelessly to get them out."
-Tunji Oketunmbi, the spokesperson for Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau, told the BBC.
"We still don't know the numbers killed on the ground, They were scattered in different places and we have yet to differentiate the passengers from others."
- Shuaibu, A Nigerian
"To be fair, the number of similar incidents has reduced in recent years, which has a big operation in Nigeria. However, it was only a matter of time before something tragic happened. Security is poor on domestic flights, some of the planes are from another age, maintenance is questionable."
-Samir Gadio, London-based analyst at Standard Bank
“I just retired home. There was no one left in the church. I suddenly heard something fell on our roof. I raced out.And saw people, including children, running around. And then I heard a loud explosion and a huge smoke. The whole place was covered in huge smoke. Then there was another explosion. I heard about five explosions.”
-Pastor Patrick Akingbe of Mispem Bible Church
"The plane touched this tree here, then it entered into that compound. Boom! I watched for five minutes, not knowing what to do. I wanted to call someone but I didn't know who to call.The roof of his house was also scraped by the plane. The shock was too much. Before I knew it I heard two blasts from the plane."
- Emmanuel Shoyimi, a Nigerian businessman
"As usual, there will be a probe to determine the cause of the crash - even though we all already the cause. White papers will be issued, which the government will sit on - after broadcasts assuring implementation of recommendations. At the end of the day, Nigerians will return to "business as usual", with families packing themselves into 50-year old planes flying in and out of airports with malfunctioning instruments and corrupt officials making underhanded deals to ensure that these coffins keep flying. A sad tale for a sorry nation."
- Felix Oti, International consultant and social commentor