On June 3, 2012, Dana Air Flight 992 was headed from the Nigerian capital Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria. Shortly before landing at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, the crew reported engine trouble and declared an emergency. The aircraft crashed short of the airport into a heavily populated neighborhood. All 146 passengers and seven crew on board were killed in the wreck; at least 10 people on the ground were killed and many more on the ground were wounded.
The victims of this disaster included many citizens of Nigeria as well as American, Chinese, Canadian, French, German and Lebanese passengers. Investigation into the cause of the engine failure of the American-made MD-83 aircraft is ongoing and involves both Nigerian and American authorities.
On July 12, 2012, an interim report was released by the Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria’s Ministry of Aviation. The interim report noted that cockpit voice recorder sounds were successfully extracted and the pilots reported a dual engine failure shortly before the crash. This is consistent with allegations of engine failure against The Boeing Company that are being pursued by Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. in litigation filed in Chicago.
Other noteworthy findings in the report include the following: Data from the flight data recorder was destroyed in the post-crash fire and unreadable, the aircraft had plenty of fuel to complete the flight, early fuel supply sampling demonstrated no fuel contamination, and the aircraft had successfully completed eight flights since last receiving maintenance on June 1, 2012. The interim report can be found in its entirety here.
Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. is involved in representing the family of a young woman killed in the crash in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Chicago, the home city of the aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company. It is anticipated that additional victims’ families will join the litigation soon.
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