Dana Air crash: Families getting $100 000

2012-07-04 22:32
Scene of the Nigerian air crash. (AFP)

Scene of the Nigerian air crash. (AFP)

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Lagos - A grounded Nigerian airline says it has started compensating families of those who died when one of its planes crashed a month ago, with each family expected to get $100 000.

The Dana Air plane crashed 3 June in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, killing all 153 people onboard and an unknown number on the ground.

Airline spokesperson Tony Usidamen said on Wednesday that nine families had received deposit payments of $30 000 so far, and will later get $70 000 more. He says 67 other claims are currently being processed.

Authorities grounded the airline after the crash, and the cause of the disaster is still unknown.

Usidamen says the airline is "not thinking about flying now; we are more concerned about the accident victims' families".

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