Dana Air Crash: Families Of Victims Demand Immediate Release Of Report

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FILE: Debris from the crash site in 2012

Families of victims of the 2012 Dana plane crash, which claimed the lives of 153 passengers, are demanding the immediate release of the final report on the crash by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the crash.

Chairman of the Families of the Victims, Mr Paul Okwulehie, also appealed to the federal government to compel the management of Dana Air to complete the payment of compensation to the affected families.

The group, which announced the establishment of a Safer Sky Foundation, further stressed the need for the federal government through its regulatory agencies to ensure that only air-worthy air crafts are allowed to operate in the nation’s airspace.

A Mcdonnell Douglas MD-83 operating as flight 992 crashed into a two-storey building at Iju railway, Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos.

All 153 people on board the aircraft were killed. Following the crash, all flights by Dana Air were halted by Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority.

But, the airline’s licence was restored in September 2012, before the inquiry into the accident was concluded.

However, the airline was re-suspended six months after it was allowed to restart operations, before it resumed operations again.

Cenotaphs were unveiled in Abuja and Lagos to honour victims of the crash.

Dana Airline Suspended Again

Dana Airline has been re-suspended six months after it was allowed to restart operations following a crash of one of its air crafts in June 2012 that resulted in the death of 153 passengers and 10 others on ground, the airline said on Sunday.

Dana Air said in a statement it did not know the reason for the suspension by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

In June, Dana Air flight 992, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashed into an apartment block in a populated Lagos suburb, killing 153 people on board and 10 others on the ground.

Dana was suspended, but was allowed to start flights again in September, despite an inquiry into the cause of the crash not yet being complete.

President Goodluck Jonathan sacked the Director General of the NCAA last week and has proposed Captain Fola Akinkuotu as replacement to the Senate.

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Dana Air, Mr. Tony Usidamen, said, “We regret to announce the temporary suspension of our flight operations following a directive from the Ministry of Aviation through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on Saturday, March 16, 2013; no specific reason was given for the action.

“A meeting is, however, scheduled between the management of Dana Air, the Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA on Monday, March 18, and we will update you as we get more information. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you on board again shortly.”

The Senate Committee on Aviation had a few months ago recommended that the Federal Government should revoke the operating licence of Dana Air, saying it was not issued in line with standard safety procedures.

The committee also recommended the removal of the former DG of NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren.