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Dana crash: Senate probes airlines

By Henry Umoru & Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA—Senate is set to carry out a full scale investigation of all the airliners operating in the country following the Sunday crash of a Dana airplane in Lagos.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Enyinnaya Abaribe, while lamenting the Dana airplane crash in which close to 200 people lost their lives, said the fleet of all airliners operating in Nigeria, including Dana Airlines, will be fully investigated to ascertain the airworthiness of aircraft plying the nation’s airspace.

He added that the move is to ensure that Nigeria does not return to the dark days of frequent air mishaps resulting from the use of faulty and old aircraft.

Abaribe said: “Senate demands nothing but a holistic investigation of the remote and immediate causes of the Sunday crash devoid of rhetoric.

“Senate would also insist that the probe this time should not be limited to Dana Airlines and their fleet, but all the aircraft being operated in Nigeria. We thought Nigeria had landed in the golden era of safe aviation industry where all the standard codes that conform to international best practices are complied with.

“It is, therefore, unfortunate that the latest incident suggest ominously that we may be headed to the aviation dark ages. The Senate is, therefore, prepared to support every effort that would strengthen the industry, keep our sky safer and prevent the industry from retrogressing.”

Abaribe also sympathised with the families of passengers in the ill-fated plane, adding that the Senate was deeply touched by their unfortunate deaths.


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