ABUJA, March 18 Nigeria's Aviation Ministry has
lifted a brief flight suspension against Dana Air, the airline
involved in the country's deadliest plane crash in the last 20
The ministry said on Monday it reversed a Saturday decision
to suspend Dana flights over "safety issues" with one aircraft
after a meeting with the Nigerian airline's staff.
"At the end of the meeting, the suspension of the operations
of the airline which took effect last Saturday was lifted. The
airline is to resume normal operations immediately," Joe Obi,
special assistant to Aviation Minister Stella Oduah, said.
In June, Dana Air flight 992, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83
, crashed into an apartment block in a populated Lagos
suburb, killing 153 people on board and 10 others on the ground.
Dana was suspended then, but was allowed to start flying
again in September, despite an incomplete inquiry into the cause
of the crash.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan fired the head of the
aviation authority last week and has proposed a replacement to
Africa's second biggest economy has one of the world's worst
airline safety records, although it has been improving in recent
(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Tim Cocks, editing by