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Aviation Crisis: Government Grounds Dana Air Again, Probes Kabo Air Near Mishap


Ayo Balogun, Lagos

Dana-planesThe Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Sunday Night again announced the suspension of the operating license of Dana Air over safety concerns.

African Examiner reports that this is the third time the NCAA will be suspending Dana air operating license for safety issues after its last year deadly crash into a residential neighborhood in Lagos killing 153 passengers on board and 10 more on the ground.

Also, the NCAA says it has suspended the license of the Associated Airline whose plane carrying the remains of the late Governor of Ondo State Olusegun Agagu crashed on Friday n Lagos 2 minutes after takeoff killing 15 people out of 20 on board.

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau  (AIB) says it has begun the investigation of into the near mishap of Kabo Air B747 in Sokoto over the weekend.

The Saudi Arabia bound Kabo Air plane carrying over 500 passengers from Kano made an emergency landing at the Sir Abubakar III International Airport in Sokoto when its tyres busted shortly after take off.

AIB spokesman Tunji Oketunbi, in a statement yesterday said  “AIB investigators have been dispatched to conduct investigation into the circumstance surrounding the incident with a view to determining the probable cause.

He added that the investigation is not to apportion blame or liability but to prevent future recurrence and improve air safety through safety recommendations.

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