Seven months later.

I first heard about the Dana Air crash on Facebook, several hours after it happened. As usual, people were eager to be the first to break the news and the number of updates made it difficult to hope and pray that it was a false rumour. Our local news channels were not covering the story so, with deep shame, I checked the Yahoo website and that was where I first saw pictures and at least got some sort of story, albeit a sketchy one.

It’s hard to believe now that that was just seven months ago. It feels much longer (to me). Maybe it feels that way because of all the other tragedies we’ve faced since the crash. Since the crash, we’ve had three other air disasters (including the cargo plane in Ghana), the brutal Aluu 4 killings, countless road traffic accidents and last but not least, that horrid pink costume outfit Da Patience wore to church on January 1st.

So I was genuinely surprised to hear that Dana Air resumed operations on Friday.  My gut reaction was outrage and I was prepared to come on here and tell the world why the owners and operators of Dana Air should be hung by their erm… feet. I didn’t even know why I was so angry. However, by the end of the joint, I had calmed down. I realized that as a self-professed bloggerer, if I was going to convince you guys to sign a petition to hang them by their jewels, I should at least try and sound half-way intelligent by presenting valid reasons.

So I did a lot of reading. I read a lot of articles on the crash and I went as far as reading the Prelim report (and I’m proud to say I only fell asleep twice). I confused myself in the process though because everybody has an inner Aviation minister… everybody has an opinion, everybody knows what went wrong!!

There’s the argument from the victims on ground who lost property in the crash. There’s also the point of view of the girl who is dating the MD/CEO of Dana; naturally she is worried about a reduction in her monthly allowance if flight operations don’t resume soon. Then, there’s the side of the victims’ families.

I want to share a few interesting things I discovered from my hours of research:

– In other countries, airlines are not usually suspended if one of their planes crashes. In Nigeria, that is the practice. I believe it is done here because the powers that be do not trust themselves. They all carry the same incompetent and corrupt gene so even without being told, they already know that a fellow corrupt incompetent gene-carrier somewhere did not bother to pretend to do what he/she should’ve pretended to do.

– It is only in Nigeria that Black boxes are made of straw… This one, like the Bellview FDR, was found intact but the only information it contained was the pilot’s Zuma scores.

– With all the panels set up, probes and investigations, preliminary reports that go from here to Kazakhstan, accusations and counter-accusations, it has become apparent that we will never know what really happened on that flight.

Therefore, I’m going to base my Jewel-Hanging Petition on just one reason: Dana has no business being in the air when there are victims’ families that still have not been compensated. I’m sure  Dana has learned his its lesson and might even be one of the safest carriers in the country right now because of it… I don’t know, and I don’t care. The fact is that they still have people they need to pay up.

On Thursday, a Washington Post article had the headline “DANA AIR, NIGERIA AIRLINE INVOLVED IN JUNE CRASH THAT KILLED 163, QUIETLY RESUMES FLIGHTS.” Nothing about that flight was quiet… they had celebrities on board and made such a fuss about it. From my house, I could hear the applause of the passengers as the plane landed… and if we are still at a stage where we applaud every smooth take-off or landing, then Houston, we have a problem.

 

10 thoughts on “Seven months later.

    • Haha!! I didn’t actually think of where we would be signing… I just went ahead and bought the rope for the hanging. I’ll have to get back to you on that. Thanks luv…

  1. Hey! I’ve found the right tree. Its on a hill, lightening always strikes there in a storm…ok! Due process it is…where’s the petition?

    • Ok, so we’ve got the tree, we’ve got the rope and the perfect location, complete with stunning view. I have a feeling we’re forgetting something…

  2. Allow me to present a counter argument, which may well render your petition void.
    1. Dana had no reason to be suspended, crashes happen. It was unfortunate and I still can only imagine what the families of the victims are going through. Truth remains however that Dana should only have been suspended after an investigation had found them guilty of neglect or one way responsible

    2. compensations are already being paid out by the American insurance company according to news report as far back as first week of September (and we know insurance companies don’t play with their money. so they must have done their own investigations)

    3. Its the Washington post, the noise didn’t get that far.

    4. This one is actually a reason why I may sign the petition. Answer me honestly, did Dana allow Dame Patience Sparrow on board their aircraft with that hat?

    • Sweetie, your first point is more or less saying the same thing I did. I thought it was standard procedure to suspend the airline but I was surprised to find out that it isn’t… Yes, crashes do happen, but experience has taught us that, the investigation will never end. We’re still waiting for the cause of the Bellview crash…

      – I know about the compensation. One of the aspiring Aviation ministers said that one of the conditions for giving them a licence was that Dana had to pay at least 70% of the compensation before it could resume operations… Call me greedy, but I want the other 30% NOW!!! Even though it won’t bring back the dead…

      – Washington Post or Washington Mail, there shouldn’t have been noise at all!

      – I almost died at ‘Sparrow’!!! Of course they allowed her… who needs a black box when you have that kind of hat?

  3. Dana has no respect for life and Nigerians. Its only in a country like Nigeria that this can happen. It all boils down to deep rooted corruption that has taken over our beloved country. My role is never to board their airline and as for the hanging, count me in.

    • Well, Olisa, funny enough, it might surprise you that they are probably the safest airline right now cos they wouldn’t want to make the same mistake twice. And if we had more respect for ourselves, Dana and other foreign companies that come here to do business, would have more respect for us. You’ll get your Nut-Hanging IV in the mail pretty soon 😉

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