Contrary to the Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah’s
statements that the ill fated Dana Air flight 0992 lost its two
engines before it crashed into a densely populated area in
Lagos suburb, the management of Dana Air says it’s not true
that the plane crashed due to engine failure.
Mrs Oduah had on Wednesday told journalists that the pilot of
the plane reported a twin engine problem shortly before it went
off the radar killing all 153 passengers on board.
She said: "It was shortly after the captain's distress call that
the aircraft could no longer be seen in the radar and
communication was lost."
However, Dana Air Director of Flight Operations Captain Oscar
Wason disagreed at a news conference in Abuja saying it was
unprofessional for the minister or anyone to jump at a
conclusion on the probable causes of the tragic crash.
He said though the pilot reported engine problem but noted that
the transcription of the control tower did not say the two
engines failed nor did it specify which of the engines had
problems even as he cautioned on comments that can
prejudice the outcome of the investigation of the accident.
Watson also dismissed rumors making the rounds that the
crashed plane was faulty and thus should not have been flown
with passengers from Abuja to Lagos adding that the plane
was not the same with the plane that was earlier faulty in Uyo,
According to him, only the black box analysis could expose
the real cause of the unfortunate accident stressing that the
airline is ready to fully cooperate with authorities during the
investigation and compensation to the families of the victims.
Since the Sunday’s crash, the management of Dana airlines
has come under severe condemnation for poor aircraft
maintenance and procurement of aged planes for their fleet.
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