FG orders suspension of Dana Airlines over safety concerns


A Dana air aircraft 

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr Festus Keyamo, has directed Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend Dana Airline’s fleet operations over safety concerns.

This is contained in a memo signed by Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, and made available to newsmen.

Keyamo said that the ministry’s attention had been drawn to recent incidents of both safety and financial viability of the airline’s operations.

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“In light of these incidents and with the paramount priority being the safety and well-being of our citizens and travelers, the minister has directed that you immediately initiate the suspension of Dana Airline’s fleet until a comprehensive audit can be conducted.

“This audit should encompass all aspects of safety protocols, maintenance procedures and financial health to ensure full compliance with our aviation regulations.

“The recent incidents have underscored the urgency of this matter, and it is imperative that swift and decisive action be taken to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders involved.

“I trust in your expertise and diligence in carrying out this audit thoroughly and expeditiously.

“Please keep me informed of the progress and any significant findings throughout this process,” Keyamo said.

The minister praised NCAA for its dedication to upholding the highest standards of aviation safety.

It would be recalled that a Dana Air aircraft, with registration number 5N BKI had, at about 9.45 a.m. on Tuesday, veered off the runway of the local wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

All the 83 passengers and six crew members were, however, disembarked unhurt.

In 2012 an aircraft belonging to the airline crashed in Lagos while approaching the Murtala Mohammed Airport for landing and killed all the passengers and crew on board in addition to many on the ground.

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