Nigerians Call for Revocation of Dana Air Operating Licence

By Dipo Olowookere

Some Nigerians have appealed to Federal Government to immediately revoke the operating licence of Dana Air.

This call followed the crash landing of Dana Air plane numbered 9J0363 flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt on Tuesday night at the Port Harcourt International Airport, when it skidded off the runway as a result of bad weather.

Yesterday’s unfortunate incident happened almost two weeks after a Dana Air aircraft’s door fell off on landing at the Abuja airport.

It also came nearly six years over 150 persons died when a plane belonging to Dana Air crashed in Lagos.

It was one of the most painful air crashes recorded in the history of Nigeria and many are still hurt by the unfortunate incident.

Some Nigerians, who reacted to the incident on Twitter, called on the aviation authorities to revoke the licence of the airline operator.

They claimed recent happenings in the company have created fears among passengers and would want government to promptly take a decisive action before another disaster happens in the nation’s aviation industry.

“Dana Air killed 153 passengers. One of the most painful air crashes recorded in this country but you all forgot that in a rush and still handed them back their licenses. Very sad. Dana is a disaster waiting to happen. Avoid it,” an OAP with Cool FM Lagos, Dotun, posted on his Twitter page on Wednesday.

Popular OAP, Toke Makinwa, said, “Just heard about the Dana Air incident, I lost a good friend on the 3rd of June 2012 as a result of the last crash, we are not over it, it still hurts. Let’s not cause more grief to other families, fix up or bow out.”

Also, a famous TV host and co-anchor of MTN Project Fame, Bola Olukanmi, wrote on her Twitter page on Wednesday that, “The Dana Air ‘accident’ that happened this yesterday is appalling. Earlier this year an emergency door fell off their plane. Dana needs to be shut down. #DanaAir.”

Another Twitter identified as Dr Olufunmilayo said, “This Dana Air matter is an issue of utmost importance. Had a plane on air with faulty doors few weeks back, And now overshoots on the runway. Is it until another actual disaster happens with loss of lives before heads roll and something is done? Do we value human life at all?”

“Dana Air needs to be suspended until they get new planes. I dont care if its bad weather,” a Nigerian said.

For Nejeeb Bello, “Dana Air is building up to another very major and very disastrous air crash. If nothing is done about their recklessness, they will make us all weep again very soon.”

Another said, “I really don’t know why Dana Air is still operating. First it was Dana Airplane exit door. Now the airplane missed the runway and crashed into a bush. The minister of transportation should stop collecting bribes from these people and sanction them before they cause further havoc.”

“This Dana air thing should be barred out rightly from operating in Nigeria. Should be tracked at all times should Incase they want to rebrand and start up operations again with a different name and logo.”

“I think it’s high time Dana Air should be stopped from operating in our airspace till their plans are overhauled for safer flight locally and abroad,” two other Twitter users said.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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