PHOTOS: Celebrities Board Dana Airline As It Made First Flight With 67Passengers

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at 04:02 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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«§» 5 January 2013

Nigeria’s Dana Air resumed flights on Friday, seven months after one of its planes crashed into a Lagos apartment block, killing 163 people in the country’s worst airline disaster in two decades.



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The government lifted a ban on the airline in September but an investigation is ongoing and there is still no official explanation of the crash.

Dana Air’s five remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-83′s operating in Nigeria have a capacity of 140.

Airline spokesman Tony Usidamen said 67 passengers were on board the resumed Lagos-Abuja flight on Friday and 82 on the return journey.

“There was a round of applause for the very smooth landing,” Usidamen said by telephone.

Tickets were sold for as little as 14,400 naira ($92) one way, around half what some airlines are charging. Dana Air will only be flying the Lagos-Abuja route for the time being.

The MD-83 crashed in a Lagos suburb on June 3, killing everyone on board and 10 people on the ground.

The pilot reported dual engine failure before the plane went down.

“We won’t know the cause until the investigation has been completed,” Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi said. “A thorough audit of the airline has been done and the remaining fleet is airworthy.”

Air crashes are relatively common in Nigeria, which despite being Africa’s second biggest economy has a poor air safety record, although it had improved in the years before the Dana crash.

Even so, air travel remains the quickest and often safest way to travel across a country nearly twice the size of Spain with a dangerous and dilapidated road network.

International carrier Air Nigeria, formerly part of Richard Branson’s Virgin fleet, shut down in September due to what it called “staff disloyalty and environmental challenges”

Passengers on board Dana Air inaugural flight on Friday clap roared in jubilation when the Dana air plane landed safely at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

Dana Air Flight 9J353 left the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, few minutes after 10 am and landed in Abuja at 11.05 packed with celebrities, journalists and some passengers.

Some of the celebrities who defied fear were Comedians, Basketmouth, Buchi, musician Harrisong, Kuba crew, among others.

Below are pictures from the inaugural flight:



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maryclaret at 04:20 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Good for them. Nigeria is so messed up. If this crash happened somewhere in the western world, there is no way Dana would be allowed to fly anywhere without investigations being completed. They claim that investigations are still being conducted yet they are allowed to fly? WTH is wrong with this damn country? O Lord have mercy on Nigeria.

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winace at 05:17 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Nigeria my country.wit time u people in govt will kn its not biznes as usual cus GOD has started answer our prayers.
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stikerxxx at 05:56 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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NAIJA FOR YOU... Grin  Grin  Grin
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christianity at 05:58 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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MY DEAR,DONT MIND THOSE FOOLS DAT CALLED THEMSELVES CELEBRITY.AFTER DANA MUST HAVE PAID THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY INCASE THEY  DIE.THERE THEY ARE ADVATIZING FOR OTHERS TO JOIN THEM FOR NOTHING.
WASTED GENERATION
Quote from: maryclaret on 04:20 PM,  5 Jan 13
Good for them. Nigeria is so messed up. If this crash happened somewhere in the western world, there is no way Dana would be allowed to fly anywhere without investigations being completed. They claim that investigations are still being conducted yet they are allowed to fly? WTH is wrong with this damn country? O Lord have mercy on Nigeria.
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osamabinladin at 05:58 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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the pple wey enter the plane first, i salute una courage ooo
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ezchusa at 06:20 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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BRB

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ezchusa at 06:22 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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BRB

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Noble12 at 06:30 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Na dia wahala
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Biafranwar at 06:33 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Bright u wan die?
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Theswaggerman at 07:20 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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So they r back to destroy more souls

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Oyinminijoor at 07:25 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Blood of Jesus on u guys lol
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paulohking at 07:37 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Dana still operating  Roll Eyes ?
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beneno at 08:42 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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this is called FOYOR ( flying on your own risk )
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zoe61 at 09:57 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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corrupt country they have corlet money and life the band is not even up to 1 year what a shame
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jamesbondchick at 10:02 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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Mtschewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

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denmal at 10:36 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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this country is mesed up, investigation not concluded yet allow to operate
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dickman2 at 11:02 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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i see.
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torrejon_men at 11:07 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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thank God for them
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Solidstonez at 11:30 PM, 5 Jan 13 (4 years ago)
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NAIJA I HAIL OH

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