Akwa v Heartland: Dana Promise Fan

Nigerian football fans stand a chance to win return tickets at the re-scheduled first leg encounter between Akwa United and Heartland in Uyo on Wednesday courtesy  of Dana Air.

According  to the  Media and Communications Manager, of the company Kingsley Ezenwa, the move is targeted at reviving the interest of Nigerians in the domestic league.

He said, ‘’We are trying to encourage more people to follow our Nigerian teams, players, and also visit  match venues  to cheer  on their teams to victory. So we shall be giving out return tickets to lucky football fans and spectators at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo and during the return leg in Owerri.’’

Ezenwa said  gate takings is one of the ways teams in the English Premier League make money, because they use the proceeds plus money from  sponsorships to create an environment  conducive  to  the fans, promote their activities and  maintain their facilities.

Dana official added,  “We are also going to be promoting the match on all our social media platforms and fans can also win tickets and loads of other prizes when they participate in the predict and win competition. This is one of the many initiatives and incentives that will come as a result of our commitment to developing the Nigerian football league and our sponsorship of these two Nigerian professional league sides.’’

President Buhari Orders Complete Audit Of Dana Air

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for a complete audit of Dana Air following the recent air mishaps that the airline has experienced.

Recall that in February one of the emergency doors of the Dana Air aircraft fell off on landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Barely two weeks later, a plane belonging to Dana Air overshot the runway in Port Harcourt after landing at the Port Harcourt Airport.

Speaking to State House correspondents yesterday Senior special assistant media to the president, Garba Shehu said the government is concerned about the safety and life of Nigerians. He said although there were no fatalities, the government had taken steps to investigate the two incidents with a view to finding solutions.

“A lot of quality time was spent discussing air safety, the government of Nigeria is very much concerned about safety and the life of Nigerians, this is following the recent air incidents  minor as they were  because there are no fatalities, the government did feel concern and the minister did report to the council on steps that were taken  following the last incident in Port Harcourt.

“As soon as that happened, a few seconds, a rescue team was there on the ground and few moments thereafter made every passenger on board was evacuated, theere was no harm to persons and this is something that should be celebrated. Continuing, Shehu said

“Within 24 hours an official investigation commenced, as investigators arrived in Port Harcourt and began work. One week after that a preliminary report was prepared and it was about   this that the council was briefed.

“Consequently as announced by the aviation authorities, the engineer and Pilot of that particular aircraft  got their licences both suspended and beyond that the government has ordered a complete audit of Dana airlines in terms of personel, operations ,technical capacity ,” he stated.

Dana Plane Destroyed Navigational Equipment At PH Airport – FG

The Federal Government  have announced that the Dana Air plane that overshot the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State on Tuesday spoilt navigational equipment at the airport.

According to the government, the MD83 aircraft, with registration number 5N-SRI and flight number 0348, had 54 souls on board, which included 5 crew members.

It also stated that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had heightened safety oversight on the airline, adding that the Accident Investigation Bureau had began investigation  into the incident in accordance with the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Aviation arm of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, James Odaudu, stated that the Port Harcourt airport was briefly closed for safety reasons after the incident occurred.

Odaudu noted that the airport was “reopened after proper assessment this morning (Wednesday).”

In a statement issued in Abuja, Odaudu said, “Damage to the aircraft (was) substantial with damage to ground navigation equipment.

“Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau has commenced investigation in accordance with ICAO Annex 13, while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has heightened safety oversight over the operator.”

The ministry stated that the aircraft, which landed at the Port Harcourt Runway 21 and overran the runway, had its entire passengers and crew members evacuated safely without any casualty.

On the weather condition at the time of the incident, the ministry added that there was heavy rainfall.

It said, “However, efforts are in place to continuously enhance safety and security in our industry in accordance with the reformation agenda of the Buhari administration for the aviation sector.

“The ministry sympathises with the passengers on the aircraft over the traumatic experience and assures that the government will not abdicate on its commitment to the safety and security of lives and property in the Nigerian airspace.”

Meanwhile, the Consumer Protection Council has called for better treatment of those involved in the Dana Air incident in Port Harcourt.

The CPC said in a statement that while all passengers and crew were safely evacuated without injuries, there was a need for thorough investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

The statement read in part, “The Consumer Protection Council congratulates relevant airport and aviation authorities as well as the airline for this safe evacuation and management of what could otherwise have been tragic.

“The Council further calls for calm as we await more information and a detailed investigation by the Accident Investigation Bureau in compliance with ICAO standards.

“In addition, the council has been in communication with the airline and the NCAA. The council understands that Dana Air has provided logistic support and accommodation to passengers. The council insists that this must comply with minimum standards in accordance with prevailing regulations under Part 19, Nigerian Civil Aviation Rules.”

Investigation Begins On Dana Airline Runway Incident

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, together with the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB has revealed through AIB’s  spokesman, Mr Tunji Oketumbi that an investigation into how Dana Air plane overshot the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport.

The incident involving a Dana Air Boeing MD-83 jet happened at about 7:30 pm on Tuesday. None of the 44 passengers and six crew members on board was injured.

Spokesman of the agency, Sam Adurogboye, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the plane was badly damaged.

“We have launched an investigation.” Adurogboye said.

It is the second incident involving Dana Air plane this month as one of its aircraft, February 7, had its emergency exit door fall off as it landed in Abuja from Lagos.

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said Tuesday’s overshoot “was suspected to have been caused by heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and a storm.”

Meanwhile, Consumer Protection Council, CPC, has directed Dana Airline to provide necessary logistics support to affected passengers on Flight 9J0363.

Babatunde Irukera, the Director General, said this was in compliance with minimum standards in accordance with prevailing Regulations under Part 19, Nigerian Civil Aviation Rules (NCAR).

He said: “Cause of incident still unknown but under investigation. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, have been notified and already in control.”

 

FG Commences Investigation Into Dana Air Mishap

The Federal Government has commenced investigation into the accident involving an airline operated by Dana Airline.

The investigation is being carried out by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

AIB under the Federal Ministry of Transportation is set up to investigate any civil aircraft accident and serious incident in Nigerian airspace. It is aimed at improving aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has also heightened safety oversight over the operator after the accident.

The investigation by AIB is in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13. ‎

Dana Air Plane Overshoots Runway In Port Harcourt
Spokesperson of the Ministry of State, Aviation James Odaudu, said this in a statement made available to Channels Television on Wednesday. He said efforts are in place to continuously enhance safety and security in the aviation sector.

“Efforts are in place to continuously enhance Safety and Security in our industry in accordance with the reformation agenda of the Buhari Administration for the aviation sector,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry aviation in the statement also sympathised with the passengers on the aircraft over the traumatic experience and assures that the Federal Government will not falter in its commitment to the safety and security of lives and property in the Nigerian airspace.

The plane belonging to Dana Air on Tuesday, February 20 was involved in an accident. This was after it overshot the runway in Port Harcourt Airport while flying from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital Abuja.

The aircraft had the following details: 5N-SRI, flight number: 0348, Type: MD 83. 54 passengers were on board including five crew members. Everyone on board were evacuated safely and no reported casualties. The weather condition was rainy.

The Airport was thereafter closed briefly for safety reasons. It was reopened after proper assessment on Wednesday morning.

 

Dana Air Plane Skids Off Runway, Aircraft Damaged (PHOTOS)

A passenger plane belonging to Dana Airline skid off the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport as it was landing at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

The aircraft, with number 9J0363, flew into Port Harcourt after taking passengers from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

 

According to an eyewitness, Layefa Walter, a Port Harcourt based oil worker, the flight skid off the runway and a wing of the airplane was damaged.

Tuesday’s incidence was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident.

She said, “A Dana aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport has overshot the Port Harcourt runway.

“The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.

“No casualty was recorded, as all passengers on board were safely evacuated.”

This is coming almost six years after the airline’s service from Abuja to Lagos crashed, killing all the 159 persons on board.

The crash occurred on June 3, 2012 in Ishaga area of Lagos State.

 

Confusion, Panic As Dana Airline Door Falls Off During Landing

Some passengers of Nigerian air carrier, Dana Airline, expressed fear when the door of an aircraft belonging to the airline fell off upon landing.

One of the passengers on the flight, Dapo Sanwo, said the door panel was loose all through the flight,a situation he described as an indication of “lack of maintenance.”

Another passenger, Ola Brown, who took to his twitter page to vent his frustration, said the experience was scary.

Mr. Brown narrated that the exit door of the aircraft was unstable all through the flight, adding that it fell off as soon as the aircraft landed.

“Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout flight. As we touched down, it fell off. Scary stuff,” he wrote on twitter.

“I was closer to the front so when I heard the sound, (I) thought it was an explosion. (I) couldn’t quite comprehend that it (the door) had just fallen off.”

Details of the incident and its causes were not immediately clear.

When newsmen contacted the corporate communication desk of Dana Air Wednesday morning, the airline said it would need to be briefed by its engineers before reacting to the development.

“We need to also get the engineers to give their report,” a staff of the airline’s corporate communication desk told journalists on Wednesday morning.

 

Source: PREMIUM TIMES