DANA Air may commence operations in 2 weeks – Management

DANA Air plane crash site

Soon after Dana Air completes the certification process with the NCAA, it will resume flight operations.

 

Dana Airline will commence flight operations soon, the spokesman of the airline, Tony Usidamen, said on Wednesday.

Mr. Usidamen said that the airline would commence flight operations once the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, is through with the certification process, adding that the airline would also test run its aircraft in accordance with the NCAA guidelines.

The Dana spokesman said the airline has commenced its certification with the NCAA following the lifting of its suspension by the Federal Government on September 5. The airline would also organise internal training programmes for its staff, especially the cabin crew, Mr. Usidamen said.

“We are already doing our certification and conducting refresher training for our cabin crew. We are also doing post psychological training for them.

“I cannot say the particular date when we would start flying because it depends on when NCAA will be through with the certification, but I hope it will be in the next couple of weeks,” he said

The Federal Government had suspended the airline’s license following the June 3 plane crash that claimed many lives.

Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, announced the lifting of the ban on the airline on September 5, following what she claimed to be a satisfactory evaluation by the Federal Government.

On the issue of compensation to the families of the plane crash victims, the NCAA Director-General, Harold Demuren, earlier, told newsmen that only 62 families had received compensations.

“Non-submission of letters of administration and other relevant information by relatives of victims of Dana plane crash has delayed payment of the initial 30,000 U.S dollars (N4.6 million) to about 70 of the relatives.

“Other challenges include multiple claims by some families, delay in release of DNA results and submission of incorrect documents by some family members,” he said

Mr. Demuren said more than 20 foreign families, whose relations died in the crash, had instituted court cases in the U.S. and the UK against the airline.

He said that the challenges had slowed the pace of payment of the initial 30,000 U.S Dollars to some of the families that lost their loved ones in the June 3 crash at Iju Isaga in Lagos State.

Also speaking, the Deputy Commissioner, Technical, of the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria, said that care is being taken to avoid paying compensation to wrong claimants.

“If we pay the wrong claimant, there will be no money to be paid twice when the genuine claimant appears, so we have to be very sure of the identity of the person we are paying the money to.

“That is why we are asking for letters of administration from the Probate Registry certifying that the claimants are the genuine families or next-of-kin of the deceased,’’ he explained.


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