Dana Air has said its solicitors are ready with the funds to start payments on the initial insurance claims for families of the victims of the Dana Air crash of June 3 last month.
The airline, which reiterated the readiness to make interim payment of benefits to the families in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) regulations, however, said it had received only 64 completed insurance claim forms by the close of work yesterday.
According to Tony Usidamen, Dana Air’s Head of Corporate Communications, “Insurance funds are already in place. Members of the families who have submitted relevant documents to Dana Air’s Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Lagos and Abuja have been contacted and advised to visit the Chambers of Dana Air’s Solicitors in Nigeria for legal verification of documentation and next of kin status, in order to conclude advance payment formalities.”
Commenting further, Usidamen said, “As of Monday, July 2, 2012, the airline had received completed insurance forms for 64 of the victims, four of which are our staff members.
“We are aware and perfectly understand and respect that most of the next of kin or legal representatives who submitted documents or are yet to visit the CMC and submit documentations to us, are still observing the customary mourning period. Advance payment claims will be concluded on a case by case basis as and when claimants find it convenient to come forward.”
To facilitate the payment process, Dana Air had deployed three dedicated toll-free lines, manned by trained personnel, to a CMC in Lagos and Abuja, and public announcements were made in the national dailies and local radio requesting affected families to come forward with details of the next-of-kin, especially those whom the company had difficulty reaching. The airline said it would continue to provide these services until all claims had been addressed and settled.