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Aviation expert demands lifting of ban on Dana Air, condemns panel’s report
By Ayoola Ponmile
August 8, 2012 18:31:02pm GMT | Views: 19
Tail of the Dana plane that crashed at Olaniyi Street, off Toyin, Iju Agege, Lagos State on Sunday June 3, 2012. PHOTOS: BJ. BOBBY.

WorldStage Newsonline—An aviator and President of Aviation Round Table (ART), Captain Dele Ore has demanded the lifting of the ban imposed on Dana Air after the crash of its plane at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos on June 3, 2012 with all 153 passengers and crew members perished.

He said relevant authorities should allow Dana Airline to resume commercial passenger operation without further delays, saying the airline has lived up to her responsibility and continued grounding will do more harm than good to the industry.

Ore in a statement on Wednesday condemned the recent report of the Technical and Administration Review Panel on Domestic Airlines which was set up by the Federal Ministry of Aviation, saying it was only good for the dust-bin.

In the release titled: In Defence of Dana Airline, Ore  said: “I am constrained to give my comment on most of the aspects of the report of that Technical and Administration Review Panel on Domestic Airlines which was set up by the Federal Ministry of Aviation and whose report was submitted recently. The report has shown that the panel lacked the capability for their assignment based on the skill, knowledge, experience and qualification of its individual member and panel collectively. Because of the panel’s limitation, it is therefore not surprising the low quality and misleading final report. The uninitiated members of the public were fed with the panel’s report which is only fit to be thrown into the dust –bin.”

Specifically, he decried poor technical quality and industry knowledge members of the panel exhibited in arriving at the report, said: “it  has shown that the panel lacked the capability for their assignment based on the skill, knowledge, experience and qualification of its individual member and panel collectively.”

Pointing out the technical flaws on the part of the committee, the retired former Captain of Nigeria Airways who said the safety oversight system available in Nigeria which had been commended for its effectiveness by  the President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Roberto Gonzalez only last week has been ignorantly adjudged faulty by this panel.

 He therefore noted that “the panel definitely did not have sufficient time and expertise to do a good job hence the bundle of misinformation.

He said the panel may not had understood the maintenance practice of DANA which the panel referred to in its report.

“The panel found out that certain maintenance practices by DANA Airline particularly the use of Technical log book were not in conformity with Standard and Recommended Practices. This cannot be true but can be deduced that the panel did not understand the proper use of Technical logbook,” he noted.

He added that the quote “The panel discovered in the course of its investigation that Dana Airlines carried out an engine compressor wash” on some of its aircraft without any prior entry in its technical log book to show what necessitated this action, ”  contained in the report is a grievous mistake on the part of the panel.

He said the issue of non recording of ‘engine compressor wash’ which was carried out by the airline, in the technical log book was not uncalled for. He said than rather than castigating the airline the panel should had commended Dana for its foresight and ingenuity to start that programme which is pro-active.

Ore however, said: “All these misinformation and public sentiments are capable of unnecessarily prolonging the continued grounding of the remaining aircraft on the fleet of Dana Airline.”

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