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US govt. offers to assist Nigeria’s investigation of Dana Crash

President Goodluck Jonathan weeps at the Dana Air crash site in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos on Monday

The government of the United States of America has offered to  assist Nigeria in the investigation of the Dana Airlines plane crash that killed about 163 people in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State.

According to local news agency, Premium Times, the US extended its condolences to affected families in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in New York  US noting it to be one of the worst air disasters in West Africa.

The statement signed by US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton said “We stand with the people of Nigeria at this difficult time and we are prepared to assist the Nigerian Government in its investigation of this tragic accident.”

State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said earlier that some U.S. citizens were among the 153 passengers aboard the plane that crashed into the densely populated Iju Ishaga area, reports earlier on Tuesday said that a Houston family and two sisters who are Americans were involved in the crash.

According to a report by AP, a family of six from West Hartford, Connecticut were victims of the Dana Plane crash. The Tuesday edition of the Hartford Courant newspaper identified the family as Maimuna Anyene, her Nigerian husband Onyeke, and their children, a 5 month old, 1-year-old twins and a 3 year old.

The AP report also cites the Houston Chronicle who reported Tuesday that the crash also killed Josephine and Jennifer Onita, sisters from Missouri City, Texas.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the crash, while the Lagos state government cancelled all official engagements for one week of mourning.

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