Saturday, 8 March 2014
Another Dana Aircraft Had Hydraulic Problem-PM News, Lagos
A Coroners’ Court in Lagos sitting in Ikeja, on Tuesday heard that another aircraft in Dana Airline’s fleet had hydraulic pressure problem apart from the ill-fated plane that crashed on June 3.
The General Manager, Air Worthiness, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr. Kayode Ajiboye made this known at the inquest into the air disaster that claimed over 150 people aboard the Dana plane.
Ajiboye, in his testimony at the inquest, said that contrary to insinuations, it was not the ill-fated aircraft with registration no. 5N-RAM that had earlier developed hydraulic pressure problem while airborne.
He explained that the aircraft in question with number 5N-SRI, on May 10 was on a return trip from Uyo when it made an emergency landing on arrival in Lagos.
He said that some of the passengers in the plane later called the Consumer Protection Department of the NCAA to complain about the state of the aircraft, including failed air conditioning.
Ajiboye said that the plane had since been taken for repairs at MyTechnic Company Limited, Turkey, an aircraft maintenance and servicing company of the airline.
He told the Coroner, Magistrate Komolafe Oyetade, that the ill-fated plane was serviced and that a flight check was carried out on it on June 2.
The NCAA official said that the plane did not show any sign of problem during the flight-check, adding that this was why it was scheduled for flights for the following day.
He said the plane had made three takeoffs and two landings on the faithful day, adding that it was on the return trip to make the third landing that it crashed at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos.
The inquest continues on 8 August.