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Updated: June 5, 2012 12:02 IST

Keralite among victims of Nigeria air crash

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Rijo K. Eldhose
Rijo K. Eldhose

A young computer engineer from Neriamangalam in Ernakulam district was one of the 153 people who lost their lives when a Dana Air passenger jet crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday night.

Rijo K. Eldhose, 25, son of Kochukudi Eldhose and Elizabeth of Avolichalil at Kavalangad panchayat near Neriamangalam, was returning to Lagos after attending a company meeting at Abuja, Nigeria's capital, when the aircraft crashed. He was a customer service engineer for Hewlett and Packard (HP) in Lagos.

The Boeing MD-83, one of the fleet of five owned by Dana Air, crashed moments before its scheduled landing at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 9 p.m. (Indian time).

Rijo had been working in Nigeria for nearly four years. He was scheduled to visit his hometown on vacation later next month.

He last visited his home in November last.

Rijo's body had not been identified until late in the afternoon on Monday. Roji's friend Basil Adimali, who works in Nigeria, was the first to inform his parents of the death. Rijo is survived by parents and sister Rincy.

The cause of the jet crash is still unclear, but the pilot had radioed the Lagos airport that the jet's engine had hit a snag. All the 147 passengers and six crewmembers lost their lives.

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Since there was no browbeating about the make of the plane or the
failed twin engines by the so called western media, a quick search
proved the suspicions true. This was a plane made by McDonnell Douglas
now Boeing, and engines supplied by Pratt and Whitney.
Some papers even made an attempt to quickly blame it on the poor maintenance, not on the reliability of the airframe or the engines.
The overenthusiasm shown to guide opinion when accidents occur in
erstwhile Soviet Union and phrases like 'Soviet Era Airline' were
completely absent in this case.
My heart goes out to the people killed and injured in the accident, including the two Indians, the other being the co-pilot of the ill-fated plane.
The Indian owned Dana Airlines should work towards finding the causes in a transparent manner.

from:  Subhash
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 13:55 IST
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