Dana Air resumes flights after crash

2013-01-04 14:02

Lagos - Nigerian airline Dana resumed flights on Friday for the first time since a June crash on the outskirts of the country's main city killed 159 people in one of the nation's worst air disasters.

"We resumed flight operations this morning. I have just boarded with passengers for the first commercial flight from Lagos to Abuja," Dana Air spokesperson Tony told AFP.

Nigerian aviation authorities suspended the operating licence of the airline on 5 June, two days after it crashed in a neighbourhood of Lagos, a city of some 15 million people, after the plane's two engines failed mid-air.

The licence was restored in September in what the government explained was its "satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit".

Before the accident, Dana was among the most popular carriers in Nigeria, with heavy traffic on its Abuja-Lagos route. The McDonnell Douglas-83 aircraft that crashed in Lagos had taken off from Abuja.

  • keith.wills.94 - 2013-01-04 16:00

    As I have dealt with this company in providing them with services I can tell you first hand that they are not worth putting your lives at risk flying with them! They pressurise their engineers to certify their aircraft to fly when they are not airworthy so as to save money and time. I would never fly with them. I am gobsmacked that they are allowed to operate still. Again, I cant safely assume they have probably paid of the Nigerian CAA to brush all of their faults under the carpet.

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