Anger as Nigeria airline reinstated before crash probe


Nigeria has not concluded its investigation into what caused a plane crash in June that killed 163 people, the accident bureau said on Sunday, despite the government lifting a ban on the airline this week.

The Dana Air flight, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, smashed into an apartment block in a populated Lagos suburb in June, killing everyone on board and 10 people on the ground, according to a preliminary government report.

The aviation ministry on Wednesday lifted a suspension of the operating license of the privately owned Nigerian airline, saying it was satisfied with its air-worthiness following an audit, Reuters reports.
“I can not be specific on the time that the final report would be ready,” Commissioner of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Muktar Usman told Reuters.
“Every process that needs to be done for the conclusion of investigation is being followed. It will be ready soon.”

Air crashes are relatively common in Africa’s second biggest economy, which has a poor air safety record.

A preliminary AIB report in July said the captain had reported dual engine failure, but did not say what caused it.

Relatives of the crash victims are furious, and are lobbying the government to suspend Dana until the inquiry is finished.

University professor Ifeoma Onyemelukwe broke down in tears as he recounted how he lost his youngest sister in the crash.
“We try to recover from the shock, then they bring back the airline like that when they don’t even know what happened? They have no respect for human dignity. It’s like chickens have been