CKN: Dana Airline That Crashed in Lagos, Not Air Worthy..Indian Owners On The Run
June 3rd, 2012
NewsRescue- Media is abuzz with reports on the state of the Dana Airline that crashed in a residential area in Lagos, Nigeria killing all 153 aboard. There are numerous descriptions of a questioned state of the airline and similar incidents of Dana Airline landing problems.
CKN– Our investigation has shown that the crashed Dana Airline this afternoon was not air worthy. The ill-fated Dana plane had been under repair for several weeks and the airline’s station manager protested about its use but the Indian management and owners insisted it should fly.
The German stations are reporting that the plane which just crashed should never have taken off because of its write-off state and that its a miracle that the plane even made it to Lagos.
Our further investigation when we spoke to the husband of our of the victims of the accident, a director in the federal civil service told us that he flew the same aircraft from Lagos to Abuja two days ago and the situation and state of the aircraft was scary.
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Our further investigation this evening showed that majority of the management team of Dana air who are Indians have taken the next available Emirate flights out of Nigeria to avoid investigation and prosecution.
It is yet to be seen how the NCAA management led by Engr Demuren will tackle this mess. The NCAA under him has seen a complete lack of competence on aviation matters and ought to have been show the way out for long but for the politic that characterized everything in Nigeria.
Further investigation on this crashed is been carried as the aircraft blackbox has been recovered.
Tribune- Dana aircraft makes emergency landing in Lagos
Shola Adekola, Lagos Friday, 11 May 2012
AN MD 83 aircraft belonging to Dana Air, with 86 passengers onboard from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday evening, made an emergency landing at the 19-R runway and was towed away after it blocked the international runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
The aircraft ran into problem while preparing to land at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, as it suffered hydraulic pressure, a situation that forced the pilot to declare an emergency landing.
The aircraft was cleared for landing in 19-R, the longer runway, but after landing, passengers were panicky, as most of the evacuation buses did not arrive on time.
Corporate Communication Manager of Dana Air, Mr Tony Usidaimen, confirmed the incident.
“Our flight from Uyo with 86 passengers lost hydraulic pressure and when the captain noticed it, he declared an emergency and was asked to land on 19-R. Although there was no injury, there was a panic, because the evacuation team did not arrive on time,” he said.
The Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren, who also confirmed the incident, said he was impressed with the fact that the pilot decided to land at the longer international runway, adding that “it shows that we are getting our safety management systems right.”
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