The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that it has completed the audit of Dana Air in conjunction with foreign partners and made safety recommendations which the airline must meet before it resumes operation.
The Director General of the regulatory body, Fola Akinkuotu, expressed satisfaction with the work done but said the report of the audit revealed some open items that have to be closed.
Akinkuotu said with the audit of Dana Air, the regulatory body had kicked off the planned audit of all Nigerian airlines, disclosing that NCAA would now draw out a schedule on audit programme for compulsory annual audit of Nigerian carriers.
The open items report in the audit of Dana Air means the airline has technical deficiency in its operating aircraft or its technical management and must have to abide by the recommendations of the audit team before it is certified by NCAA to resume services.
The General Manager, Public Affairs of NCAA, Fan Ndubuoke, said: "The audit of Dana Airlines has been concluded and the report reveals some open items that have to be closed. This was disclosed by the director-general of the NCAA, Akinkuotu who adjudged the outcome of the audit concluded on December 13 as good."
Ndubuoke said the director-general described the exercise as painstaking, professional and transparent, involving the NCAA Flight Standard Group (FSG) in conjunction with their foreign partners.
However, Akinkuotu said NCAA would meet with Dana to know the airline's action plan towards closing the open items, adding that the regulatory body and the airline would agree on what the later would do and then the date of resumption of flight would be determined. The essence of this, he said, was to ensure safety in the sky and also to avoid hitches in flight operations.
Two months ago, few days after the crash of Associated Airlines flight in Lagos, NCAA grounded the operations of Dana Air and insisted that it would carry out full scale audit of the airline.
However, a source at Dana Airline told THISDAY that NCAA had not made proper documentation, after the audit so that the airline would know what to do in order to be certified by the regulatory body.