FG suspends Dana Air operations after Lagos airport incident

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Following a runway excursion incident suffered by Nigerian carrier, Dana Air, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday, the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development has ordered the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend the airline until comprehensive audits on its fleet are conducted.

The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo,  suspended  the  airline’s  operations due to concerns surrounding the safety and financial viability of their operations.

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This was contained in a statement titled ‘Immediate suspension of Dana Airline pending safety and financial health audit’, signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Meribole.

An aircraft belonging to the airline, with registration number 5N BKI, skidded off the runway at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday morning.

No casualty was recorded.

The statement, directed to the Director General of NACA, called for the suspension of the airline’s fleet until after an audit is completed.

“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 Honourable Minister has directed that you immediately initiate the suspension of Dana Airline’s fleet until a comprehensive audit can be conducted,” the statement read.

Meribole stated that the audit should encompass all aspects of safety protocols, maintenance procedures, and financial health to ensure full compliance with aviation regulations.

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