21 foreigners dead in Nigeria air crash

June 6th, 2012 - 6:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Abuja, June 6 (IANS) Twenty-one foreign nationals, including Indian co-pilot Mahendra Singh Rathore, were among the 193 dead in Sunday’s air crash in Nigeria, aviation authorities said Wednesday.

Eight Americans, six Chinese, two Lebanese, and one each from Canada, France, Germany, India and Indonesia were among those who lost their lives, Xinhua reported.

Seven of the eight Americans had dual nationality, according to a list of passengers provided by aviation authorities.

The Boeing 803 carrier of Dana Air, carrying 153 people, crashed into a two-storey building in southwestern Lagos state June 3 killing all on board and another 40 on the ground.

The managing director of Dana Air, owners of the plane, is also an Indian named Jacky Hathiramani. However, Dana Air itself is not an Indian company, group communications manager of Dana group Tony Usidamen told IANS.

“Dana Group is wholly owned registered company in Nigeria with Nigerians as directors but we have a managing director Jacky Hathiramani, who is Indian,” Usidamen said.

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