Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 June 2012

Nigeria: All Air Fleets Must Be Investigated - Nurses

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called on the Federal Government to see the Dana Air crash as a lesson and use the opportunity to investigate all aircraft operating in the country to ascertain their air worthiness.

A release signed by the association's deputy general secretary, Mr Yusuf Badmus stated that the lives of Nigerians ought not to be wasted this way, adding that a holistic investigation must be conducted to expose its remote and immediate causes.

While consoling the families of the victims of the Dana crash, the national president of the association, Lawal Hussaini Dutsinma wondered why the country should experience such a crash, killing 153 persons, when there were reports that the aviation industry is improving.

He lamented that in 2005 a Belview airline's Boeing 737 carrying 117 passengers crashed at Lisa in Ogun State killing all passengers on board, the association's national president, Mr Linus Sabulu, inclusive.

He noted with dismay many years after, the country was still being bedeviled by air crashes killing hundreds of people.

He said: "The report should be made public with a view to meting out punitive measures to individuals and agencies found culpable in the crash. The probe this time should not be limited to Dana Airlines and their fleet but all aircraft being operated in Nigeria."

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