Senate asks FG to revoke Dana’s operating certificate

by Emmanuel Okubenji

The Senate, on Tuesday, asked the federal government to revoke the operating certificate of Dana Airline.

Federal law makers also recommended that Harold Demuren, the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), be sacked for negligence and incompetence.

The call followed the consideration of the report on the June 3, 2012 crash of a plane belonging to Dana Airline by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Aviation.

Dana Airline resumed its operations last month, seven months after the aviation authorities temporarily grounded the airline over a plane crash involving one of its fleet at Iju-Ishaga, a suburb in Lagos State, on June 3, 2012. The crash killed all 153 passengers, as well as the crew members on-board, including some people on the ground.

The House of Representatives had in December made public the recommendations of its Committee on Aviation, which directed that Dana Air should be stopped from operation as well as sack of Demuren.

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