NCAA Suspends Dana Air Operations Indefinitely Over Recent Incidents, Poor Financial Position

NCAA Suspends Dana Air Operations Indefinitely Over Recent Incidents, Poor Financial Position

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Dana Airlines’ Air Transport License (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC), indefinitely.

NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

He stated that the suspension of the operations of the airlines would take effect from midnight of July 20.

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“The suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015,” Nuhu said.

According to him, the suspension order has since been communicated to the management of Dana Airlines.

The NCAA chief explained that the decision was the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the Authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations recently, which revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.

“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this pre-emptive decision will have on the airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations,” the statement added.

Dana Air has been in the news lately for negative reasons. A tragedy was averted on Tuesday after a Dana Air Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number (5N DNA) made an emergency landing on approach at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport following an issue with one of its engines.

Tuesday’s incident comes two months after an incident involving one of the aircraft operated by the airlines occurred at the airport in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The aircraft with registration number 5N JOY was set to take off from Port Harcourt to Lagos on May 2 when its tyres caught fire, forcing a planned trip to Lagos to be aborted.

Giving an explanation of the incident, the airline had said the pilot in command noticed an anomaly before take-off which he queried with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) before embarking on a ramp return.

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