Nigeria's Dana Air cleared to resume flights

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Nigeria's government has lifted restrictions on carrier Dana Air, three months after the fatal accident in Lagos involving one of the operator's Boeing MD-83s.

The airline says it has the "deepest appreciation" for the government's decision to lift the suspension of its operations, effective 5 September.

Dana Air says the decision follows the government's "satisfaction" with the airworthiness of the airline following a "rigorous" technical, operational and financial audit.

"Provision of safe, reliable world-class air transport services has always been our focus at Dana Air and we will continue to adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations," says the carrier.

It adds that it plans to resume flight operations "shortly".

None of the 153 occupants of the MD-83 survived after it crashed while attempting to land at Lagos on 3 June while arriving from Abuja. Investigators are trying to establish the reasons for an apparent loss of thrust in both engines during the jet's descent.