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FG suspends Dana Air operations


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has taken action by suspending the operations of Dana Air following an incident involving one of its planes at Lagos Airport on April 23, 2024.

The decision to suspend Dana Air’s operations came after an incident in which a Dana Air plane veered off the runway at Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport.

This prompted aviation authorities to redirect flights from the local airport to the international one.

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Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation, announced the suspension.

The incident involved a Dana Air aircraft carrying 83 passengers from Abuja to Lagos. Dana Air confirmed the occurrence, reassuring that all passengers were safely disembarked without injuries. The airline promptly reported the incident to the Nigerian Safety Investigation Board and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. The aircraft was subsequently grounded by the maintenance team, pending further investigation.

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In response, Dana Air apologized to the affected passengers, expressing gratitude for their patience, and commended the airport authorities for their swift response.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority also released a statement confirming the incident and outlining the safety measures taken. They reassured the public of their commitment to maintaining safety standards in the aviation sector.

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It’s important to note that Dana Air had previously faced suspension on July 20th, 2022, due to financial and safety concerns. Still, operations resumed on November 9th, 2022, after clearance from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority following a 15-week suspension period.