According to reports that came in on Monday, the 2012 Dana Air Crash which unfortunately claimed 159 lives was caused by mechanical failure and pilot error.
The reports which were released by the the Accident Investigation Bureau said two engines on the doomed Dana Air flight from Abuja, failed before it crashed as it approached the Lagos airport.
“Engine number one lost power 17 minutes into the flight, and thereafter on final approach, engine number two lost power and failed to respond to throttle movement on demand for increased power to sustain the aircraft in its flight configuration,” the report stated.
The “inappropriate omission of the use of the checklist and the crew’s inability to appreciate the severity of the power-related problem, and their subsequent failure to land at the nearest suitable airfield” also contributed to the crash, it added.
Investigators said “lack of situation awareness, inappropriate decision-making and poor airmanship” were also to blame for the crash which occurred on June 3, 2012.
The Dana Air crash is the second worst accident in Nigerian aviation history, after the Kano air disaster of 1973 which took 176 lives. The Dana aircraft was carrying 153 passengers and crew when it crashed into a densely-populated area in the north of Lagos and burst into flames. Six people were killed on the ground.
Nigerian aviation authorities suspended Dana’s operating licence on June 5, 2012, two days after the crash but it was briefly allowed to resume operation in January 2013 after meeting some safety standards but did not start full operations until the following January.