Following the suspension of its activities by the Federal Government to the flight 0992 crash, Dana Air has started counting its losses, saying on Thursday that it would lose N50 million daily.
This figure was given by the airline’s Director of Flight Operations, Oscar Wilson, in Ikeja, Lagos, during a press conference held jointly by the Dana Group and Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).
In his analysis, Wilson said that the airline would be losing patronage of about 2,000 passengers amounting to N50 million daily as the government suspends its flight operations pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash. This he said would amount to a whooping loss of N1.5 billion in one month.
Wilson reaffirmed that the airline’s insurer, Lloyds of London, is capable of paying the families of the crash victims US$30,000 (N4.6 million) within the first 30 days of the accident.
Meanwhile, Dr. Steve Mahonwu, the Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), noted that it was unnecessary for the Federal Government to set up a committee to investigate the crashed Dana Airline.
Mahonwu explained that such a committee would be assuming the functions of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
“The panel is un-procedural, unprofessional and cannot hold water because the constitution has roles for those who investigate the immediate and remote causes of air accidents under the Ministry of Aviation,” he said.
“We have the Directorate of Investigation Bureau that has the constitutional authority to investigate accidents and report its findings to the president through the Ministry of Aviation.”
He stressed that there was no constitutional provisions for any committee or panel to do the job of the AIB.
“Setting it up now is politically motivated and it would amount to a duplication of efforts. That is why I say it does not hold water.”
He urged the Federal Government to allow the ministry with constitutional responsibility to conduct the analysis without interference.
“It is not true that airlines are cutting corners,” he added, describing government’s imposition of numerous taxes on the industry as double taxation and a violation of airlines’ operational procedures.
Source – dailytimes