On Wednesday, July 20, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Dana Airlines indefinitely.
Musa Nuhu, the NCAA Director-General, disclosed this in a statement Wednesday night.
According to the reports, the suspension takes effect from midnight on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
He added that the decision resulted from a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the regulatory authority.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Dana Airlines’Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely, with effect from midnight of Wednesday,20th July 2022.
“The suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b), and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 22.214.171.124(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (http://Nig.CARs), 2015.
“The decision is the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations recently, which revealed that Dana Airlines is no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to achieve safe flight operations.
“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this preemptive decision will have on the Airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations,” the statement read.
The airline said the affected aircraft was an Abuja-bound Boeing 737 aircraft with registration mark 5N DNA.
In a statement, Dana Airlines management said all the 100 passengers on board disembarked safely and that the aircraft had been grounded for immediate attention by our team of engineers.
The statement read, “Our Abuja bound Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number (5N DNA) embarked on an emergency landing today 19th July 2022, due to an indication on one of its engines.”
It was gathered that the airline two incident two months after the tyres of one of the aircraft operated by the airline caught fire at the Port Harcourt airport on May 2, terminating a scheduled trip to Lagos on that day.