The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday said it has commenced a full scale operational audit of Dana Airline, nearly five weeks after the local airline was grounded amid fears of air returns caused by engine problems which occurred twice within a week.
NCAA grounded Dana Air on October 6, this year.
Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, the director general of the r-egulatory authority disclosed this yesterday that the exercise would last for five days and was being carried out by a team of NCAA inspectors and expatriates. The NCAA team is drawn from the Flight Safety Group (FSG) of the Authority, comprising of airworthiness inspectors, flight operations inspectors, ground operations, cabin safety inspectors, among others.
Among them are two expatriates who are experts in the field of airworthiness inspection and flight operations. In addition, the director general said this was the beginning of a phased audit of all the airlines operating in Nigeria. “We have put in place this wholesale programme to ensure that all airlines operating in our airspace are safe and secure.
“The comfort of passengers is of great concern to the authority and investors in airline operation must have a level playing field and an enabling environment to ensure a profitable operation,” he said. Recall that Dana Airline operation was suspended to allow for a full operational audit to be carried out.
At the conclusion of the exercise, the report will be submitted to the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Similar to a white paper, the report will be put to proper scrutiny and thereafter all open items will be closed by the airline. It is after this that a decision will be taken to enable Dana Airline recommence operation.