Panel faults Dana Air’s maintenance practices and NCAA oversight
The Technical and Administrative Review Panel (TARPDA) set up by the Federal Government to investigate the Dana Air crash blames both the airline and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority:
The panel found that certain maintenance practices by Dana Airline, particularly the use of Technical Logbook were not in conformity with standard and recommended practices. It was also found that in some instances, the surveillance by Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) inspectors on the airlines’ maintenance practices were below expectation.
The panel made a couple of recommendations to strengthen Nigeria’s aviation industry:
- A quick implementation of an Aviation Sector Emergency Programme (ASEP).
- Better training of NCAA staff and inspectors.
- NCAA should ensure that airline operators are put to closer surveillance.
- The Federal Government (FG) should intensify efforts to complete the ongoing reconstruction and remodelling of the terminal buildings and structures.
- The Central Bank of Nigeria should empower commercial banks to create a window for a long-term low-interest funding for direct lending to aviation.
- An aircraft leasing company with an initial investment of $10 billion should be setup by the FG to acquire modern aircraft directly from major manufacturers and lease to qualified Nigerian air operators at preferential rates.
- Greater emphasis should be placed on proper and adequate maintenance of aircraft, rather than age restriction.
- The FG should review downwards, all taxes and charges relating to airline operation, as well as take measures to reduce the cost of jet fuel.
- The FG should facilitate the formation of a local aviation insurance pool.
- The FG should take urgent steps to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.