Flight crews planning trips to Nigeria are being urged to verify fuel availability at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (DNAA) and at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM). On July 24 both airports were reported to be extremely short of jet-A. The reason for the shortage has not been identified, nor has the date when supplies might return to normal.
Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, told an audience at the recent Safety Conference of African Safety Ministers in Abuja that her department is considering reducing from 22 to 15 years the maximum allowable age of aircraft operated in commercial service in this West African country. Some experts believe such a rule could ground as many as 60 percent of the airliners currently operating in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the operating certificate of Dana Air last week, in the aftermath of the crash of an MD-83 operated by Dana Air on June 3, which killed 153 people on board the aircraft and at least 10 people on the ground.
Details of the crash of a Dana Air Flight No. 0992 into a downtown apartment building in Lagos, Nigeria, this afternoon remain sketchy as of Sunday night.