Ben Dunno, Warri The Delta state Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities has urged the National Assembly to kick-start the process of abrogating some decrees in the oil and gas sector that confers total ownership of land on the Federal Government against the wish of oil bearing communities This appeal was contained…
Pilot error and mechanical failure caused the death of 159 persons in the DANA Air crash of 2012 in Nigeria, accident investigators said in a report published on Monday.
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said two engines on the ill-fated Dana Aircraft from, Abuja, failed mid-air before it crashed on approach to the Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos.
The AIB said: “Engine number one lost power 17 minutes into the flight, and thereafter on final approach, engine number two lost power and failed to respond to throttle movement on demand for increased power to sustain the aircraft in its flight configuration.
“The inappropriate omission of the use of the checklist and the crew’s inability to appreciate the severity of the power-related problem, and their subsequent failure to land at the nearest suitable airfield also contributed to the crash.”
AIB Investigators said “lack of situation awareness, inappropriate decision-making and poor airmanship” contributed to the crash on June 3, 2012.
The Dana Air crash was one of the worst accidents in Nigerian aviation history.
The Boeing MD-83 aircraft was carrying 153 passengers and crew when it crashed into a densely-populated area in the north of Lagos and burst into flames. Six people were killed on the ground.
The long-running investigation involved officials from the airline, engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and international aviation experts.
“Everybody is satisfied with the final report and those found wanting have made necessary adjustments,” said Akin Olateru.
Nigerian aviation authorities suspended Dana’s operating license on June 5, 2012, two days after the crash.
But it was briefly allowed to resume operation in January 2013 after meeting some safety standards but did not start full operations until the following January.
Dana Air was among the most popular carriers in Nigeria before the accident, with heavy traffic on its Abuja-Lagos route.
AIB commissioner Akin Olateru told reporters the agency, which released a preliminary report on the crash in September 2012, spent so long on the investigation because of cash shortages.
He said the agency needed more funding, as the 16 million naira ($50,000, 47,000 euros) allocated in 2017 was not enough.
— 17th January 2018
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— 17th January 2018
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