Last Hope For Victims Of Dana Air Disaster Families As Government Orders Full Payment Of Compensation

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The Operator of Dana Airline obtained back its Airline Operator Certificate last Wednesday from the government but with stern warning that it should not resume operation unless full compensation payments were paid to all victims of last June disaster, which claimed about 150 people.

Hope beckoned for the families many of who had complained of neglect by the airline as the airline has been ordered by Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), not to resume operations until it completes the payment of compensation to victims of the Air disaster which happened last June at Iju Ishaga, Lagos.

Though Dana Airline was Wednesday given an Airline Operator Certificate (AOC), by NCAA, it was however warned not to resume flight operations until it pays full compensation to victims of the crash

The Airline had its AOC withdrawn by NCAA, last June after one of its aircrafts came down in Lagos killing all passengers on board and some residents dead as the plane fell on some homes in the Ishaga community of the Iju Ishaga.

It is believed that the government had taken into account the public outcry over the government’s hasty decision to return the Airline’s operating license
Another reason put forward according to a report by Frontier News was that in the past, many Airlines had failed to carry out their promises as they gown back on their words as soon as they commence operation.

Many had refused payment of full compensation to relatives of crash victims and were never taken on by the laws that guide against such breach of law and dereliction of duty.

There is another blockade to the company’s commencement of operation as Dana is currently locked in horns with legal battle against Lagos State government over corona inquest being conducted by the state government on victims of the crash.

Already, it has been confirmed that the airline has paid 30% initial compensation to 80% of the crash victims.

“The balance 70% of the 100,000 Dollars that the airline is supposed to pay to victims is what NCAA is asking them to do before they can resume flight operation, a source hinted.

The airline foreign insurer, Lyodes of London, is legally expected to pay this balance 70% of the insured 100,000 Dollars. The insurer sent representatives down to access the extent of damage and liabilities they will pay shortly after the crash in June. But the airline has not paid any victim the balance 70%.

Dana recently carried out a demonstration flight prior to resuming of full daily flight operations.

Under aviation rules, an airline can resume operation once it is issued with an AOC, and many Nigerians across the World have asked The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authorities why it has been hasty in giving the certificate back to Dana Arline authority, despite the huge impact of the disaster on the country. Many families perished in the disaster and in one instance an American based family that had come for a wedding in Nigeria lost nine members.

Nigerians are hoping that the Federal government set up a high powered panel to probe the cause of the crash will come up with credible report and uncensored outcome to enable the nation’s aviation industry learn for a future deterrent.

Addition: Frontiers