*We are fully cooperating to ensure quick return to flight operations – Airline
WorldStage Newsonline– The incident involving the Dana Air Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number (5N DNA) that made an emergency landing at Abuja Airport on Tuesday with 100 passengers on board could be the last straw that break the back of the camel.
Immediately after the incident, the aircraft was grounded for immediate attention by engineers.
The following day, came the announcement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that it had suspended the airlines’ Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely, with effect from midnight of Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
A statement signed by Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director General of NCAA said that the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 22.214.171.124(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.
According to statement, the decision is 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.
It said that these 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 preemptive 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 said.
Speaking on the aircraft that made the emergency landing the airline’s Communication Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa said that the incident was due to an indication on one of its engines.
He noted that the Pilot-in-command briefed the passengers on the incident and landed the aircraft safely at the Abuja International airport at about 2.52 p.m.
OPERATIONAL AUDIT COMMENCES
Meanwhile, Dana Air has confirmed the commencement of the operational audit as advised by the NCAA, saying it was fully cooperating to ensure quick return to flight operations.
In a statement on Thursday, it said, “Operational Audits are regulatory and airlines are required to suspend their operations when the regulator calls for it and we are confident that having been successful in previous audits, we will come back even stronger and better.
“The audit is also an opportunity for us to prove once again and reassure our guests, clients and partners that we remain strong, safe, efficient and reliable.
“As an airline, we are not insulated from the multiple challenges airlines and the aviation industry is grappling with daily which includes the recent skyrocketing cost of aviation fuel at N830/ltr, unavailability of forex, Ground Handling services, inflation, multiple taxation amongst other operational challenges which airlines have made frantic efforts to communicate to the flying public and the government.
“While this short stay off the market remains painful and heartbreaking for us, our customers, clients and partners, we remain very hopeful and very confident of our position.
“Our offices will remain open to our travel partners, clients and our customer service will still be operational 24/7 as always to assist customers with necessary information.
“Our customers with unused tickets have also been advised to apply for refunds by sending an email to email@example.com with their details and we will try and resolve in a timely manner.
“Wish to sincerely apologize to all affected customers, clients and travel partners for any inconveniences caused and crave your understanding and patience in the cause of this audit.”