Africa: After B737 Incident Nigerian Civil Aviation Grounds Dana, Suspends AOC For Financial Incapacitation And Operating Procedure

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Dana Airlines’ indefinitely, with effect from midnight of Wednesday, 20th July, 2022.

According to a press release signed by the Director General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.

The CAA said the suspension order has since been communicated to the management of Dana Airlines.

Nuhu stated that 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, which revealed that Dana Airlines is 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.”

Meanwhile, Dana Air in a statement to its customer and other stakeholders in the industry said the skyrocketing cost of Jet A1 at 830/litre, unavailability of forex, inflation are also contributory factors to the suspension handed over to the airline by NCAA.

“Our operations have been suspended as advised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) in order to undergo a full operational audit with effect from midnight 20th July, 2022.

“Operational audits are regulatory and airlines are obligated to suspend their operations when the NCAA calls for it and we understand the impact this suspension will have on our partners, staff, passengers and the general public but we are very confident that we would come out stronger as we have done in the past.

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“We wish to assure the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that we are fully ready and committed to cooperating with them in the course of this audit and to also reassure our customers and partners that we are safe, efficient and reliable.

“The recent skyrocketing cost of Jet A1 at 830/litre, unavailability of forex, inflation are also contributory factors to this decision regrettably.

“We crave the understanding and patience of our customers, travel and business partners and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience our short absence from the market might cause.

“Our customer service team will continue to operate 24/7 to assist affected customers with necessary information on refunds and our offices will be open to all our existing partners” it said.

It will be recalled that the airline’s aircraft, a Boeing 737 with registration number (5N DNA) recently had an emergency landing at the Abuja airport due to an indication on one of its engines.

Dana Air in a press statement said “The Pilot-in- command briefed the passengers on the incident and landed the aircraft safely at the Abuja International airport at about 2.52pm
“All 100 passengers disembarked safely and the aircraft has been grounded for immediate attention by our team of engineers.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has also been briefed on the incident”

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