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FG Restores DANA Air’s Operating License after Two Days Suspension



Just two days after the Federal Government suspended the Air Operators Certificate of Dana Air grounding all flight operations, its license has again been restored.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Joe Obi, he said that officials of the Ministry and those of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) met with officials of the airline and deliberated on safety issues and Dana’s operations.

According to the statement, one of Dana’s aircraft had a snag which led to the temporary suspension for safety reasons.

“At the end of the meeting, the suspension of operations of the airline which took effect last Saturday was lifted. The airline is to resume normal operations immediately. However, the particular aircraft which had a snag over the weekend is to remain grounded until after its airworthiness has been re-certified by Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft,” ThisDay quotes him as saying.

Dana Air, in an email sent to its customers signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, Dana Air, Tony Usidamen yesterday said scheduled flights would now commence.

“We are pleased to announce that the airline has been given approval to resume flight operations with immediate effect following the temporary suspension of our operations on Saturday.

“Scheduled flights will now commence on Tuesday, March 19, on the Lagos-Abuja-Lagos route,” it stated.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Dedayo

    March 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    what is all these bipolar nonsense

    • Teris

      March 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm


      really, BN, you guys shud invest in a like-button. 😀

  2. Glam

    March 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

    The payment must have now gone thru!

    What a joke!

  3. freemouth

    March 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    this is absolute balderdash what is going on in this country for heavens sake? i have valid information that the tire of that plane had difficulties coming out hence they had to roam about and came back to land in lagos eventually. A particular public officer was on board that plane as well.

  4. nma

    March 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Nah wah dana nust have serious connection in. The government

  5. Banke

    March 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    If I didnt know better, I would have sworn that Dana must have an “Olivia Pope” in their employ, because ah ah the speed in which their problems are being resolved, they have some lobbyist pressing buttons for them. So, they had a faulty plane, and they were granted their license mere months after the crash. I thought the idiot spoke person from the ministry of Aviation said they had looked through their fleet of planes and everything was ok. So how come one plane has another problem now? Don’t these people have a conscience? The images of that family that lost 8 people will haunt me for life. You know what, Nigerians are just weak people. Oga the the top can go viral, but we cannot use soical media to force Dana out of business. NO one should patronise them again, I mean NO ONE. They will fold up if they keep spending money on bribes, and they are not making money from ticket sales. Who are the people still patronising them? Yes, accidents happen, but some accidents are caused by incompetence and negligence and Dana has questions to answer. have they paid the families compensation? Those shameless people shouting accidents happen, accidents happen, give them back their license. I hope you people are proud of yourselves now. Basket mouth, that arrogant jerk was saying accidents are inevitable, he wants to be loyal. Loyalty my foot. Nike dropped Tiger Woods when the affair issue came up, Oscar Pistorius lost endorsements too, I can mention many many stars like that. So why couldn’t he be honourable and back off. Is your soul worth selling to the devil for money? He has a family now abi, Karma is real. The same road that one Minister refused to fix (who built this gadders), is the one that killed him in an accident. It is things like this, plus presidential pardon that makes me ashamed to be a Nigerian. Thankfully, my children will not be saddled with such a disgraceful burden. Mschew

  6. amnada

    March 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    useless government

  7. Nigel

    March 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    corruption in Nigeria is just too much! am sure Dana must have taken a huge check a few lCd tv’s and few kia cars and distributed them to the ministry and all is back to normal. firstly a battery problem is severe the boeing 787 has a battery problem and has been on ground for months but for nigeria battery problem is solved on a monday morning meeting, after the crash compensation has not been paid and blame is going on the pilots that they forgot to switch on the fuel pump which is utter non sense , an aircraft can not even start up without the pumps not on leaving out the plane even took off does it mean it took of with water flowing through it. Dana Air the deadliest way to fly, more nigerians will be having one foot in the cemetry and one in the air every time they board dana’s 25 year old plane

  8. jyde

    March 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    BILLY my pet goat just ate his first class ticket.Maybe he’s smarter than i thought.
    Enter dat airline ke, when i never craze finish,and im not exactly complete upstairs.
    Nijah sef, man tire.

  9. Scoop

    March 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I bet Basket Mouth is in line waiting to fly them!

  10. many people

    March 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm


  11. Deedee

    March 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

    This is really unfortunate, our leaders have no conscience, sha God is watching u all……

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