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The Senate has asked the Federal
Government to ground all planes
belonging to DANA Airline until
investigations are completed
into Sunday’s deadly crash
which killed 153 passengers and
crew and unknown number of
people on ground.
At plenary Tuesday morning, the
upper legislative chamber also
ordered the Director General of
the Nigeria Civil Aviation
Authority, Harold Demuren, to
step aside until the conclusion
of investigation into the
Besides, the senators want
aviation authorities in the
country to conduct an audit of
the airlines in the country with a
view to determining their
The lawmakers made the
resolution following a motion
by the Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Aviation, Hope
Uzondinma (PDP, Imo).
The lower House had said
Monday it would hold a
legislative inquiry into the crash
separate from government’s
planned investigations.
The chairman House committee
on media, Zakari Mohammed,
said an ad hoc committee will be
named to investigate the cause
of one of the nation’s most
horrific air accidents.
Also, the senate had said
Monday it would support
sweeping probe not only on
Dana air, but the entire aviation
industry, an indicator the
chamber may not launch its own
investigation but may be
planning to back the
government’s probe instead of
conducting a separate one.
All 153 passengers and crew
members aboard the plane died
while an unexpected number,
expected to be huge too, were
killed in the buildings and the
neighborhood the jet smashed
Mr. Mohammed (PDP-Kwara),
said details of the probe will be
announced on Tuesday when
the House meets.
“We cannot fold our arms and
allow this to be swept under the
carpet. We will support all
relevant agencies of
government to get to the root
of the tragedy. We want to
know why it happened,” he
said. “We want to, for once,
unravel what is responsible for
that national calamity.
The lawmaker said the probe,
which is to establish the age of
the aircraft, its airworthiness.
“We are interested in the nature
of the aircraft, the age of the
aircraft. Is it supposed to fly in
our airspace? We will be very
strict on this as the blackbox
does not lie. It will tell
everything that happened,” he
The Senate demanded a
thorough investigation of all
airlines in the country in a
statement by Spokesman,
Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia).
“Senate demands nothing, but a
holistic investigation of the
remote and immediate causes of
the plane crash.
“Senate would also insist that
the probe this time should not
be limited to Dana Airlines and
their fleet, but all the airlines
operating in Nigeria.
Mr. Abaribe said, “We had
thought that Nigeria had landed
in the golden era of safe
aviation industry, where all the
standard codes that conform
with international best practices
were being complied with.”

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