Thu, Dec 01, 2005
Will Also Drill Wells In Affected Villages
Bellview Airlines has
compensated at least 30 families who lost relatives in the October
22 downing of one of the Nigerian airline's 737-200s, according to
local media reports. The airline has also agreed to drill two new
wells in the villages where the wreckage fell.
"Payment of compensations has actually started," said Bellview
CEO Kayode Odukoya earlier this week during a visit with Nigerian
President Olusegun Obasanjo. "Most of the families have been
contacted. Those that have completed documentation are being
processed. You know there are 117 families. So it will take some
“We have paid about 30 families. You know we commence
payment procedures as families come forward and complete the forms.
We have a center in Lagos that I will encourage you to visit to see
how we are handling the families," Odukoya told President
As was reported in Aero-News,
the 737 (below) went down in a thunderstorm under still unknown
circumstances. All 117 people onboard the aircraft died, and
possible reasons for the mishap range from weather -- many suspect
lightning may have struck the plane -- to a bomb.
While Bellview works to compensate the families of those onboard
the stricken airliner, the airline is also attempting to help those
in the villages where the airliner went down. According to media
reports, the airline will soon drill two new wells -- called
"boreholes" -- in those villages.
The company is "already sinking boreholes and the boreholes
should be commissioned in the first or second week of December,"
said Odukoya. "We are actually drilling two boreholes for two
villages in the Lissa area."
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