Nigerian files Lawsuit in Chicago over wife’s death in Lagos plane crash
USAfrica, Houston, June 8, 2012: A 56-page lawsuit has been filed by a Nigerian man, David Chukwunonso Allison, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois which alleges
that the Dana Air MD-83 plane and its engines were defective and “unreasonably dangerous,” leading to the death of his American citizen wife of two years, Joy Chiedozie Allison.
The suit names the Boeing Co. and its subsidiary, McDonnell Douglas Corp., the aircraft’s engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. and United Technologies Corp., and the estate of the late pilot of the plane Mr. Peter Waxtan of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as defendants.
The lawsuit references the Dana Air Flight 992 which hit, off course, a two-story apartment building in the Iju-Ishaga district of Lagos on Sunday June 3, 2012; killing all 153 people on board (crew and passengers) and at least 10 people on the ground. Allison’s attorney Gary Robb argues that reports of engine failure of the crashed aircraft put the responsibility on the companies he is suing. He added that the urgency of the Allisons’ filing is that David Allison “didn’t want to be No.153; he wanted to be No. 1…. Ultimately, it may turn out that the pilot did everything possible and was not at fault. But these are things that the court system is charged with finding out…. What we do know with absolute certainty is that Joy Allison, David’s wife, was not a fault.”
8 other American citizens (some Nigerian-Americans) died in the crash. USAfrica contacts inside Nigeria and here in the U.S indicate that other lawsuits are expected to be filed, according to one aggrieved family, “to hold the operators accountable. They cannot replace our painful loss.” A few hours after the crash, Nigeria’s embattled President Goodluck Jonathan announced 3 days of national mourning, effective Monday June 4 in honor of the victims and families of those who perished.
Almost 3 days after the crash, Nigeria’s government suspended the air license of Dana Air.
Despite improvements, Nigerian air safety regulations and travels enforcement have been hampered by corruption and minimal regard for the quality/sanctity of lives of Nigerians by its various leadership and operators. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com
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