The Federal Government this afternoon withdrew the operating license of Dana Airlines following the crash that left over 160 dead two days ago. The decision was taken by the Senate today during its plenary session. The lawmakers also ordered the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, to step aside until a conclusion as to what led to the accident is reached.
The Senate further asked aviation authorities to conduct an airworthiness audit of the airlines in the country. Making the demand in a statement, the lawmakers said it would insist the audit is spread to other airlines in the country. “Senate demands nothing, but a holistic investigation of the remote and immediate causes of the plane crash,” it reads. “Senate would also insist that the probe this time should not be limited to Dana Airlines and their fleet, but all the airlines operating in Nigeria.
“We had thought that Nigeria had landed in the golden era of safe aviation industry, where all the standard codes that conform with international best practices were being complied with.”
Source: Linda Ikeji/Business Day