Federal Govt. Grounds Dana Air Operations


The Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 ordered the Nigeria Civil. Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend all operations of Dana Airlines pending an audit of the airline.

The directive followed one of Dana Air planes with registration number 5N BKI that skidded off the runway at Lagos airport on Tuesday, April 23, thereby forced aviation authorities to divert other flights from the local to international wings of the Murtala Muhammed airport.

In a letter to the Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Chris Najomo, the Federal Ministry of Aviation through the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, said recent incidents involving Dana Airline had raised “serious safety concerns.”

The letter with reference number PS/FMA/MA/S.121/Vol. 1/99 titled; “Immediate Suspension of Dana Airline Pending Safety and Financial Health Audit,” the Ministry said that as the supervisor overseeing the nation’s aviation safety and regulatory compliance, it has come to the attention of the Minister that recent incidents involving DANA AIRLINE have raised serious concerns regarding both the safety and financial viability of their operations.

It further stated; “In light of these incidents and with the paramount priority being the safety and well-being of our citizens and travellers, the Honourable 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. Your dedication to upholding the highest standards of aviation safety is deeply appreciated and please, accept the assurances of the Honourable Minister’s best wishes,” it stated.

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