Dana closes in on resumption, concludes internal SMS training

Dana Air is inching towards a return to flight services as the carrier announced that it has concluded its internal Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training for top management staff and post holders.

Speaking on the concluded safety training, the Accountable Manager of the airline Ememobong Ettete said, “We have just concluded our Safety Management Systems training for top management staff and post holders.

Dana SMS team

“The NCAA audit is also still ongoing and we have made a huge progress having upped the ante on all our processes and procedures, but the SMS training is a periodic training for staff to enhance their knowledge on safety both in the office and across all aspects of our operations.”

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“Also in attendance at this training which was observed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) are some of our newly appointed post holders: Director of Safety and Quality, Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Director of flight Operations, Chief Pilot and Safety Manager all of which we will announce to our customers, vendors, and partners very soon.”

“We wish to once again thank our loyal customers, clients, partners, and vendors for their patience and understanding in the course of the ongoing audit and reassure them that as a responsible corporate citizen and a proudly Nigerian brand, we remain committed to the relationships we have built for the past 14 years of our operations,” he added.

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had in July announced the suspension of Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence, ATL, and Air Operator Certificate, AOC, indefinitely.

According to the regulations, the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b), and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.

Nuhu said: “The decision is the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations recently, which revealed that Dana Airlines is no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.

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“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this preemptive decision will have on the airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations.”

NCAA

The carrier had consistently maintained that it was fully ready and committed to cooperating with the aviation authority in the course of the audit.

Wole Shadare