The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday grounded the operations of Dana Air to conduct operational and mechanical audits on the airline, following an air return by the airline to Port Harcourt which has raised some safety concerns over its operations.
Dana Air MD 83 aircraft had on June 3, 2012 crashed into Iju Ishaga, a residential area in Lagos, killing more than 153 souls on board.
The decision to ground the airline’s operations according to Fan Ndubuoke, spokesman for the regulatory authority was as a result of an air return by the airline from Port Harcourt to Lagos yesterday.
He said the aircraft was about 30 miles out of Port Harcourt Airport when the aircraft developed faults and had to make an air return, adding that the circumstances surrounding the air return appears to be “grievous” and calls for further investigations by the regulatory authority.
The Special Media Assistant to the Aviation Minister, Mr. Joe Obi, who also confirmed the development to our correspondent said the airline whose aircraft crashed in Iju Ishaga Lagos last year have been having series of incidents within the “past few months and weeks”.
He said the grounding of the airline’s operations was to carry out an audit on the operations of the airline.