Friday, 7 September 2012

Dana Airlines To Return To The Air

                                             Crash site of Dana flight 992 in Lagos

Dana, the Lagos-based airline whose June 3 flight from Abuja into Lagos crashed minutes to landing, is to fly again as the Federal Government today lifted the suspension of its operating licence.

One hundred and fifty nine passengers died in the crash of the airline’s MD-83 aircraft.  Several deaths occurred in the Iju-Ishaga community into which the aircraft crashed only a few miles before it could land at Murtala Muhammad Airport.

Through the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, the government said today the company had passed a “rigorous technical, operational and financial audit” and could resume normal commercial activity.
Investigations into the crash are ongoing, but a preliminary report indicated that both of the plane’s engines might have failed.

A spokesman for the airline told the Associated Press this evening that the company has not yet been informed about the government's decision.
It is also unclear at this time what the status of the payment of claims to the families of the crash victims is.

Sahara reporters

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