Aviation ministry grounds all Dana Air operations

Aviation ministry grounds all Dana Air operations

The Federal Government has ordered the immediate suspension of Dana Airline pending a comprehensive audit on its fleet. Minister of Aviation and Ae

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The Federal Government has ordered the immediate suspension of Dana Airline pending a comprehensive audit on its fleet.

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo (SAN), issued the directive in a memo addressed to the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The suspension followed Tuesday’s incident involving Dana aircraft with registration number 5N BKI, flying from Abuja to Lagos, which overshot the runway while attempting to land at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

A memo signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Emmanùel Meribole reads: “As the supervisor overseeing our nation’s aviation safety and regulatory compliance, it has come to the Honourable Minister’s attention that recent incidents involving DANA AIRLINE have raised serious concerns regarding both the safety and financial viability of their operations.

“In light of these incidents and with the paramount priority being the safety and well-being of our citizens and travellers, the Honorable 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 te 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.”