Barely three months after it resumed flight operations following a suspension of its licence, Dana Air has again run into troubled waters as its certificate of operations has been temporarily withdrawn by the Federal Government.
Confirming the development, Dana Air said they were not told the reason they were suspended.
Tony Usidamen, the Head, Corporate Communications, Dana Air said, “ Dana regrets to announce the temporary suspension of our flight operations following a directive from the Ministry of Aviation through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday, March 16, 2013; No specific reason was given for the action. A meeting is, however, scheduled between the management of Dana Air, the Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA on Monday March 18, and we will update you as we get more information”.
However, the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah’s spokesman, Mr. Joe Obi, said Dana’s license suspension was based on safety and precautionary issues.
It was reported that one of the McDonnel Douglas 83 aircraft in the fleet of DANA Air had a battery problem in Abuja on Saturday as it was about to take off, forcing the airline to report to the authorities but Mr. Obi stated that even though it was not a serious issue, the ministry did not want to take chances.
It would be recalled that Dana Air operations were grounded after the crash of June 3, 2012 in Iju Ishaga, Lagos. But the Federal Government lifted the ban on Thursday January 3, after the airline completed the re-certification process despite public outcry.