Nigeria has not yet concluded its investigation into a plane crash in June that killed 163 people, the accident bureau said on Sunday, despite the government lifting a ban on the airline.
The Dana Air flight smashed into an apartment block in a suburb of Lagos, killing everyone on board and 10 people on the ground, according to a preliminary government report.
On Wednesday the aviation ministry lifted a suspension of the Nigerian airline’s operating licence, saying it was satisfied with its airworthiness following an audit.
“I can not be specific on the time that the final report would be ready,” said Muktar Usman, commissioner of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). “Every process that needs to be done for the conclusion of investigation is being followed. It will be ready soon.”
A preliminary AIB report in July said the captain of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 had reported dual engine failure, but did not say what caused it.
Relatives of the crash victims are lobbying the government to suspend Dana’s licence until the inquiry ends. Ifeoma Onyemelukwe, a university professor, said: “We try to recover from the shock, then they bring back the airline like that when they don’t even know what happened? They have no respect for human dignity. It’s like chickens have been slaughtered.
Dana said it was “continuing to offer complete co-operation … in the investigation, and we will continue do so for as long as they require”.
Most of those killed in the crash were Nigerians, although the dead included a British woman, a family of six Americans of Nigerian descent, four Chinese, two Lebanese and a French woman.