Fatal Crash Results in Grounding of Nigerian Airline
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. An NCAA spokesman said the airline’s fleet and entire operation must be re-inspected and found airworthy before the airline’s operating certificate can be re-issued.
The MD-83, flying from Lagos to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, suffered a double engine failure while on approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). The flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the airliner were recovered and flown to the NTSB in Washington for further analysis. The U.S. Safety Board is assisting the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau.
A Dana Air release said the pilot had logged 18,500 total flight hours, 7,100 of which were on the MD-83. The first officer had logged 1,100 hours total, with 800 on the MD-83. An unconfirmed report said that one of the seven U.S. citizens on board the aircraft was also the captain.