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Three months after Dana Airís aircraft crashed, Nigeria lifts thesuspension on its operating licence
| September 06, 2012
About three months after a Dana Air aircraft crashed and killed 153 passengers on board and some other people on the ground, the suspension on Dana Airís operating licence has been lifted by the Federal Government. In a statement, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, said that after after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit of the airline, the governmentis satisfied with the air-worthiness of the airline and decided to restore the operating licence. Dana Air's operating license was suspended after the accident on June 3. The minister's statement said, ďThe Federal Government has lifted the suspension of the Operating Licence of Dana Airline. This follows governmentís satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit of the airline. ďBy this development, Dana Airline is free to resume its normal commercial flight operations. Government will, however, continue to strengthen its oversight and regulatory functions to ensure that all airlines operating in the country, including Dana, adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations that ensure and promote sustainable air safety." The reaction to the lifting of the ban has been mixed, with some people calling the decision hasty and some others welcoming it as an opportunity to reduce the scarcity of seats on existing carriers. Other parties alluded the decision to quickly lift the ban to the ministry's desire to avoid a monopoly in the aviation sector. Recently, the Nigerian avaition sector has seen some of the carriers exit the industry or struggle to stay afloat. Air Nigeria recently suspended operations and Chanchangi Airlines is struggling, and this has resulted in a scarcity of seats with only Aero, Arik Air and IRS the only fully functional airlines in the industry now. However, Dana airlines has not completed compensating families of the victims of the crash and many analysts wondered how the airline got it's suspension lifted before it completed payment, as no airline in Nigeria has ever had it's suspension lifted before it completed compensating families of the victims. To date, only 62 families have been paid the mandatory $30,000 after the crash leaving about 91 families waiting for compensation. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) explained the delay in compensating the remaining families, saying that identification of the victims, multiple claims by the families, and challenges by the relevant bodies with getting documentation has resulted in the delay. The agency however assured that the funds are in place for the insurers to meet their obligations to the families.

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Dame Agbasor    Lagos, Nigeria    September 06, 2012
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