Dana Air insists renewed suspension is temporary

Source: Flightglobal.com
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Nigerian carrier Dana Air insists that the latest suspension of its operations by the country's regulator, pending a safety audit, is a temporary measure.

Restrictions were imposed on the carrier on 6 October via a directive from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

"This, we understand, is to allow for an audit of our operations as a precautionary measure," says Dana Air.

Dana suffered a fatal accident in June last year involving one of its Boeing MD-83s, resulting in a prolonged halt to its operations. While the carrier was subsequently cleared to fly again, the Nigerian authorities briefly grounded it again earlier this year.

The reason for the safety audit has not been disclosed.

"At Dana Air, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is a major priority," says the carrier.

"We would continue to co-operate with the aviation authorities and abide by all local and international safety regulations in the delivery of world-class air transport services to our esteemed guests."

Investigators have yet to release a final report into the 3 June 2012 accident, which occurred on approach to Lagos apparently following a loss of power in both Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines.