Lagos - The management of Dana Airline said on Thursday that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had begun the re-certification of its five aircraft ahead of its planned resumption of commercial flight operations.
This followed the lifting of the suspension on the airline’s operations by the Federal Government on Sept. 5, after the June 3 unfortunate crash at Iju Isaga, a suburb of Lagos.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Tony Usidiamen, spokes man of Dana,in Lagos.
Usidiamen added that the company had signed a five-year contract with FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. for its flagship Automated Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228 at about N159 million.
According to him, the contract requires the Canadian firm to instal the AFIRS 228 on all the five Boeing MD-83 aircraft in its fleet, to provide real-time flight data monitoring and to assist in achieving maintenance and operational efficiencies.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the crash that involved a Dana Aircraft flying from Abuja to Lagos, about 160 passengers lost their lives and ground property running into millions of naira were damaged.
He explained that the re-certification was a standard safety measure taken by the authorities to ensure that all the aircraft in the fleet were fully serviceable.
``Of the five aircraft in our fleet, three are currently on ground at MMA2 and have undergone thorough internal engine inspection and systems by NCAA, while the other two are undergoing scheduled C-Checks in Istanbul, Turkey and Miami, Florida.
``The airline also organised an independent inspection of all aircraft by the Aircraft Leasing and Management (ALM), a leading aviation consulting company based in the United Kingdom,'' he said·
According to him, station inspections, including operations offices, engineering stores and maintenance facilities have been completed.
Usidiamen added that airline procedures and manuals verification had also been concluded while credentials of key post holders and management staff had been satisfactorily verified.
The spokesman also stated that refresher courses and recurrent training for staff had been completed.
``All pilots had gone through the simulator training, Crew Resource Management (CRM), Familiarization and Touch and Go Flights Training as well as Ground School Training.
`` Cabin Crew Recurrent Training has been completed and, as recommended by the NCAA. The programme included additional days for safety and fire drills. All ground staff have also concluded requisite training,'' the spokesman said.
He added that the crew, with NCAA inspectors on board the aircraft, had more than 50 hours of demonstration flights on Oct. 24, which he said, was successful.
The airline is expected to be issued its new Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in a few days, the statement said..
The airline is also committed to complete all audit requirements for listing in the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry by 2013, he said.