NEARLY
five years after the devastating
incident, Accident Investigation
Bureau, AIB, has revealed the cause of
the 2012 Dana air crash that killed 159
people in Nigeria.
In a report published on Monday, the
investigators said the crash was caused
by ‘mechanical failure and pilot error.
According to the report, two engines
on the Boeing MD-83 aircraft, carrying
153 passengers and crew from the
Federal capital, Abuja, failed mid-air
before it crashed on approach to Lagos
airport.
“Engine number one lost power 17
minutes into the flight, and thereafter
on final approach, engine number
two lost power and failed to respond
to throttle movement on demand for
increased power to sustain the aircraft
in its flight configuration,” the report
stated.
The “inappropriate omission of the
use of the checklist and the crew’s
inability to appreciate the severity of
the power-related problem, and their
subsequent failure to land at the nearest
suitable airfield” also contributed to the
crash, it added.
Investigators said “lack of situation
awareness, inappropriate decision-
making and poor airmanship” were also
to blame for the crash on June 3, 2012.
The Dana Air crash was one of the
worst accidents in Nigerian aviation
history.
The Federal Government suspended
Dana’s operating licence on June 5,
2012, two days after the crash, but it was
briefly allowed to resume operation in
January 2013 after meeting some safety standard

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