Dana Air’s McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 5N-RAM crashes today at Lagos, all dead

Dana Air’s (Ikeja) McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) 5N-RAM (msn 53019) crashed today (June 3) at Lagos on approach. The aircraft was operating a flight from Abuja to Lagos when it crashed short of the runway into several buildings. All 153 passengers and crew members on board were reportedly killed. There is undoubtedly more deaths on the ground.

The crew had radioed to the ATC tower it was experiencing problems and was trying to make it to the airport but crashed short of the runway.

The aircraft was originally delivered to Alaska Airlines as N944AS on November 13, 1990. Dana Air acquired the airframe as 5N-RAM on February 17, 2009.

Dana Air commenced operations on November 10, 2008.

Read the full story from CBS News: CLICK HERE

In a stunning follow-up, some employees of Dana Air claim the company’s Indian owners forced the crew to fly this aircraft with knowledge that 5N-RAM had important maintenance and safety issues.

Read the full story from Vanguard via AllAfrica: CLICK HERE

In response to this first article, Dana Air’s management stated the aircraft was airworthy.

Read the full story from Vanguard via AllAfrica: CLICK HERE

The government of Nigeria will have to sort out this issue with their investigation.

Bottom line, Nigeria has a long history of air crashes.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. The airliner was painted at Miami before it departed on February 17, 2009 for Africa.

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