Nigeria lifts flying ban on Indian-owned Dana Air

Dana Air`s licence was cancelled after a flight operated by it crashed in Lagos three months ago, killing more than 160 people.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2012, 09:30 AM IST

Abuja: Nigerian civil aviation authorities on Wednesday lifted flying ban on Dana Air, an Indian-owned commercial passenger carrier, whose licence was cancelled after a flight operated by it crashed in Lagos three months ago, killing more than 160 people.

A spokesman for the Nigeria`s Aviation Ministry in a brief statement said the Ministry is satisfied with the air worthiness of the airline which crashed into a building in a highly-populated area of South-western state of Lagos on its way from the country`s capital city Abuja.

On June 03, a Dana MD-83 aircraft had crashed while flying from Abuja to Lagos.

The Nigerian government had suspended the airline`s operating license immediately after the crash.
Jacky Hathimarani, the managing director of the airline, welcomed the decision.

"We`re very happy about the removal of the suspension and we look forward to resuming operations in the near future," Hathimarani said.

PTI