Aviation Minister Halts Dana Airline Operations Over Safety Concerns

In response to a runway excursion incident involving Dana Air at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development has directed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to suspend the airline’s operations pending comprehensive audits of its fleet.

In a letter signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, the ministry highlighted recent incidents involving Dana Air that have raised concerns about both safety and financial viability.

Meribole emphasized the necessity of the audit, which will cover safety protocols, maintenance procedures, and financial health, to ensure full compliance with aviation regulations and prioritize the safety and well-being of Nigerian citizens.

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.”


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