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Posers Over Alleged Dana’s Violation of Aircraft Age Policy

June 4, 2012

IT came at a time Nigerians were already beginning to believe in the nation’s aviation industry. Their belief was heightened following the impeccable safety success story recorded in the aviation sector.

For seven years until now, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) worked very hard to ensure that the airspace was safe.

Many, however, said that the crash yesterday of the Dana plane had called to question the Federal Government’s policy on aircraft of more than 22 years.

The government had taken a hard stance on the operations of geriatric aircraft when a BAC 1-11 in 2001crashed into a building in Gwarmaja near Kano State, killing a former Sports Minister, Ishaya Mark Aku and over 70 passengers.

Two crashes were recorded in early 2001 and May 2002, involving EAS Airlines. The Accident Investigation and Preventive Bureau (AIPB), after concluding its investigation into the crashes, revoked the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of EAS Airlines for negligence and lack of regard for safety conditions.

On May 4, 2002 Flight 4226, a BAC One-Eleven 500 twin-engined jet crashed into houses on take-off from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, killing 75 passengers and crew on board as well almost 70 more on the ground.

Following the crash, the Minister of Aviation at that time, Mrs. Kema Chikwe reeled out the category of aircraft to be removed from the country’s airspace.

Among aircraft that were phased out were B737-200, BAC1-11, DC 9, Fokker among others and others that are over 22 years.

The Dana Air flight 0992 was over 22 years and how the airplane and others still flying the airspace crept into Nigeria’s airspace is one that is setting tongues wagging.

Just last month, an MD 83 aircraft belonging to Dana Air, with 86 passengers onboard from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, made an emergency landing at the 19-R runway and was towed away after it blocked the international runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The aircraft ran into problem while preparing to land at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, as it suffered hydraulic pressure, a situation that forced the pilot to declare an emergency landing.

The aircraft was cleared for landing in 19-R, the longer runway, but after landing, passengers were panicky, as most of the evacuation buses did not arrive on time.

Culled from Guardian of Monday 4th June 2012

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  1. June 4, 2012 07:07

    As a country, we have allowed evil people to get away with their atrocities for too long, making the citizens not to have faith in the Nigerian system. The federal on government must not leave any stone unturned in getting to the root cause of this disaster.

  2. June 4, 2012 14:24

    The management of Dana Airlines has issued a statement commiserating with the families of the 153 victims of the tragic crash of Flight No. 9J-922 at Ishaga located in the outskirts of Lagos metropolis on Sunday.

    None of the 146 passengers, along with a Flight Engineer, two pilots and four cabin crew members on board the flight survived, in what most Nigerians have described as a Black Sunday for the country’s aviation industry.

    President Goodluck Jonathan has already declared a three-day national mourning commencing today for the repose of the souls 153 victims, during which period the Nigerian flag would be flown at half-mast in all public buildings and institutions.

    The airline in a sympathy message by its Chief Executive Officer, Jacky Hathiramani, expressed sadness over the tragedy, saying it is doing everything to assist the families of the victims bear their losses.

    According to airline, a 24-hour Call Centre service has been initiated, while an information centre is to be set up at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 to look after their needs and keep them informed as quickly as possible.

    It gave the contact numbers as 01-2809888 and 07003593262.

    Meanwhile, the airline has cancelled all flights scheduled for Monday. It urges passengers to call 0700 359 3262 to re-schedule or get details for refund.

    READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW

    The Dana Air family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the passengers and crew of Flight 9J-922 of Sunday, June 3, 2012. The aircraft, with Registration Number 5N-RAM, departed Abuja for Lagos with 146 passengers on board. 1 Dana Air Flight Engineer, 2 Pilots and 4 Cabin Crew were also aboard the flight.

    We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time. A 24hr Call Centre service has been initiated and we have also set up an information centre at MMA2 to look after their needs and keep them as quickly informed as possible.
    Contact Numbers: 01-2809888 and 07003593262.
    An investigation into the cause of the accident got under way immediately, under the guidance of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who are being assisted by investigators from the U.S. National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB). Dana Air is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

    In accordance with international protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all information about the investigation will come from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Dana Air will however provide information relating to the flight itself and updates on steps being taken.

    Once again, we at Dana Air extend our profoundest condolences.

    Jacky Hathiramani,
    Chief Executive Officer

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