Simon Ateba

Dana Air today said a report alleging that its ill-fated plane was faulty is baseless.

“Our attention has been drawn to an inference made by a newspaper on the recently released preliminary report of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on the cause of the Dana Air accident. The newspaper report suggests that the ‘Dana plane was faulty’.

“To this we would like to refer readers to paragraph 13 of the AIB report. It states “A review of the aircraft technical logs of the previous 30 days did not indicate a condition. The airplane had last undergone maintenance on 1st June 2012, and after a return to service flight on 2nd June 2012, it was operated on four revenue flights (two round trips between LOS and ABV) and another four flights on 3rd June 2012.
“Also please refer to the submissions made by the Commissioner/CEO of AIB, Capt. M.S. Usman: ‘The content of this report is based on preliminary information. The Bureau will continue to conduct the investigation in a meticulous and methodical manner and release facts as they become validated’.
“The management and the over 540 staff of Dana Air are grateful to the President, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the AIB over the progress made so far in finding out the cause of the accident. We pledge our continued cooperation and assistance as the investigations continue,” Dana said in a statement this evening.
The airline also said it had not received any summon from the coroner as reported in the media.
“Dana Air would also like to respond to media coverage on its absence at the Coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding the June 3 accident. The company appreciates the importance of the inquest. We have honoured every invitation by the AIB in the on-going investigations and were fully represented at the recently concluded joint Senate & House of Representatives Public Hearing. We are duty bound to honour summon by the Court. So far, the company has not received any summons from Coroner. The Company will ensure that a proper representation is made on the next adjourned date,” the airline said.