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Dana Air MD83 Aircraft Crashed in Lagos, Killing All 153 on Board

Last updated Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:14:15 GMT
Originally posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:00:00 GMT

A Boeing MD-83 owned by Dana Air, a low budget commercial airliner, crashed soon after taking off near Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on 3 June 2012. The aircraft was flying to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Wreckage of the aircraft after the crash.

All 147 passengers and 6 crewmembers onboard were killed.  The aircraft crashed into a densely populated area in Lagos, the country’s biggest city, and dozens of people on the ground are believed to have been killed, but no official statistics have been released.

Stella Odua, Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, said the pilot sent distress signals indicating the aircraft had suffered engine failure moments before the crash. It is also reported that the aircraft struck power lines and trees, and as it fell, it tore through roofs of various buildings, including two multi-storey apartment complexes, a printing press, and a woodworking studio.

Captain Oscar Wilson, director of flight operations at Dana Air, said although the aircraft was 22 years old, it was in good condition. Wilson said,

We don't allow our aircraft to fly if not in perfect condition. I did the test flight of the questioned aircraft myself, there was nothing wrong with the aircraft, it was okay.

Nigeria has an extremely poor record of air safety. There have been about forty fatal crashes in the last fifty years. However, the country’s aviation industry has been doing its best to improve air travel safety, and there have not been crashes in the last seven years.

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, visited the crash site and promised a comprehensive investigation. He also announced that there will be a national three-day mourning. Jonathan said,

We have been working very hard to improve aviation in this country. This particular incident is a major setback for us... I will make sure that this will not repeat itself in the country.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is helping an investigation already underway by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Dana Air has suspended all flights as the investigation gets underway.

The chief executive of the airline, Jacky Hathiramani, said Dana Air is "deeply saddened" by the crash. Hathiramani said, "We are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time." 

Ian Stephens

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Ian Stephens is a Flight Simulation enthusiast with a keen interest in aviation and technology. He has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.

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Gary DanversThu, 01 Nov 2012 03:45:03 GMT

I hope Ian didn't write the heading to his article. If one was to extrapolate the heading of this article, it would say “Dana Air Boeing McDonnell Douglas 80 Aircraft Crashed in Lagos, Killing All 153 on Board”. I’m picking Boeing will not be happy to have been associated with this aircraft from a rival manufacturer, let alone the accident.

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