FG Suspends Dana Air Operations Pending Investigation

The Federal Government suspended the airline until comprehensive audits on its fleet are conducted

The Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development has suspended Dana airline following a runway excursion incident at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos during the week.

The Federal Government suspended the airline until comprehensive audits on its fleet are conducted.

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A statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, on Wednesday, said recent incidents involving Dana Air have raised concerns about the safety and financial viability of the airline’s operations

Meribole, who stated that the audit must include safety protocols, maintenance procedures and financial health, stressed that the move to suspend the airline was aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians.

The statement 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 travelers, 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.”

The suspension of Dana Air also serves as a wake-up call for the broader aviation industry to prioritize safety culture and compliance with regulatory requirements. Airlines must invest in training, maintenance, and operational procedures to ensure the highest standards of safety and reliability. Moreover, regulatory agencies must remain vigilant and proactive in monitoring compliance and addressing any lapses promptly.

In the wake of the suspension, Dana Air has an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to safety and accountability by cooperating fully with regulatory authorities and implementing necessary corrective actions. By conducting comprehensive audits on its fleet and addressing any identified issues, the airline can rebuild trust and credibility among passengers, regulators, and stakeholders.

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